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Scented Bus Stops
Arcade Marketing Inc., in tandem with the California Milk Processor Board, is putting up a new type of advertisement at bus stops that emit the smell of chocolate chip cookies. The ad, which will be placed at five bus stops in downtown San Francisco, utilizes the company's technology called MagniScent®, which disseminates smell via scent-infused adhesives affixed to the inside of the bus shelters and undersides of the benches. While scent-based advertisements have been used in magazines, it's supposedly a first for outdoor advertising. Though, I swear some fast-food burger joints deliberately pump burger smoke outside just to get me to walk in! Interesting that the Milk Board would use cookie smell to attract attention to milk. Source: Strange New Products
Ads by Consumers
Maybe the writers finally ran out of ideas for the MasterCard "Priceless" ads. That's what it looked like earlier this year when they sat an actor down in a chair and had him type out empty spaces, inviting viewers to try filling in the blanks themselves. Apparently, the ad copywriters were just up with the latest fashion. This is the moment of in-your-hands consumer advertising -- the kind generated by the masses rather than for the masses. From Emerald Nuts' make-your-own contest to Mozilla FireFox's posting of consumer-produced spots at firefoxflicks.com, the creative directors seem to be handing over the work to us common folk. There's marketing powerhouse Procter & Gamble, responsible for such memorable ad icons as Folger's Mrs. Olson and "99 and 44/100 % pure'' Ivory soap, offering a $1,000 prize to foodservice professionals who can come up with the best pitch for the Dawn Grease Fighting Arsenal used in cafeterias and restaurant kitchens. All these efforts to encourage consumer-generated marketing may look like a cheap trick to get free ideas, but advertising executives say there's more to it. What's actually happening is the industry is trying to plug into a very connected online audience that has little patience for traditional ads. Source: Post-Gazette.com
Buyjake.com is a website set up by a mother who thinks her child is so cute that companies will want to put their logos on his clothing or him for $100 000 a year. “I will dress in your company’s provided apparel (and sport a tattoo!) everywhere I go for the amount of time chosen. Want me to
While Fisher may be fictional hero of Ubisoft's Montreal-made Splinter Cell video game series. so do their ability to imitate the world's ad-cluttered landscapes. has actually offered Jake $350 for a month’s worth of wearing their clothing. "Advertisers want to engage audiences in the environments where they are. Product placements like Sam Fisher's camera phone is the most popular choice.personal digital assistant .do a commercial? How about a public appearance? I’ll do that too. President & CEO of Javanni Inc. Depending who you ask. In 1985. Then he reads his mission briefings on his PDA . in-game advertising could be worth up to $4 billion by 2010. as the eyeballs of young men shift from the television to the gaming console. the tools he needs to complete his missions are quite real. some extra cash is highly welcome. has to say about Baby Jake: In today’s creative world of advertising we not only need to know our customers but we need to find creative ways of reaching them to deliver our message. NASA is currently working with the Bush administration to conduct an evaluation for a commercialization strategy in space. Both companies benefited from the first unofficial taste test in space. Coca-Cola and Pepsi seized an opportunity to test the viability of carbonated drinks in space. Then in 2001 Pizza Hut flew with the Russian Space Agency and became the first to deliver pizza in space. “Here is what Tim Farina. Source: Trend Hunter In-game Advertising High-tech spy Sam Fisher uses a Sony Ericsson phone to snap a picture of terrorists and sends it to home base." said Brandon Berger of Ogilvy interactive. Source: GUSH magazine Spacevertising It seems we’re running out of advertising space (or at least good/fresh space) so now companies are eager to increase their market share in space. And it can only grow from here. Berger said. linking the brand directly with an enjoyable activity. Source: The Gazette -4- . These are major consumers. but marketers say advertising could help fund scientific research. A company called perfectpopcorn. which creates in-game ads for client brands.from the same gadget maker. It featured a Russian cosmonaut opening a Father’s Day present. NASA has been reluctant to participate. And as production costs for major titles can hit $40 million. And this is only the beginning for the fast-growing industry of advertising in video games. It's mainstream.” All advertising must be preapproved by Mom (nothing distasteful)." As video games become increasingly lifelike. Radio Shack followed with a commercial aboard the International Space Station. "Games are not even a phenomenon anymore.com.
Source: Teleformance Hidden Clues Psstt. this works perfectly next to airports where people already see the advertising from far up. Using fields between 50. No.000 and 100. a company shaping agricultural land into art but also advertising. The gimmick is aimed -5- . Our goal is to connect your business to qualified consumers that are seeking your company’s product or service by eliminating the waste of traditional direct response advertising methods. Our experienced team will work with you to customize your strategic campaign and distribute your ads across the nation’s largest network of search engines and online directories. and is the only company in the nation devoted solely to this service. not that secret.Fieldvertising Here’s one for Switzerland’s airline group Swiss Air. We manage every aspect of the Pay-Per-Call advertising campaign process for your company. Colonel Sanders’ herbs-and-spices recipe for Kentucky Fried Chicken is still safely locked away. but the chain unveiled a new TV ad Thursday that allows viewers to crack a hidden message if they play the spot back slowly on a digital video recorder or VCR. Pretty crazy but hey. created by Artfield (website in german). KFC wants to share a secret. Source: Brand Infection Teleformance Teleformance is a Pay-Per-Call advertising account management company.000 square meters the company can create characters of up to 100meters length while only using natural colors and elements.
For those savvy enough to solve the secret. “This is taking the exact opposition approach — rewarding viewers for taking the time to engage and be interactive with television.gallon bottle and cup holder is a unique and effective way for advertisers to target consumers while they shop. Inc. President of Unilever Home & Personal Care U. "In a controlled test. Dove. a subsidiary of AquaCell Technologies. "In today's fragmented media advertising arena." "Our advertisers enjoy exclusivity without any diversions from competing ads.” said Tom O’Keefe.S. The 99-cent Snacker debuted a year ago and is credited in KFC’s earnings rebound." said Alan Jope. advertising on our patented permanently attached five. Source: MSNBC Coolertising AquaCell Media. AquaCell launched its innovative advertising campaign in Duane Reade stores throughout the NY metro area and Rite Aid drugstores nationwide." With approximately 1300 "billboard" water coolers currently in place. the prize is a coupon for KFC’s new. Source: PRNewswire -6- .. has tapped into the fast-growing out-of-home advertising segment with their patented self-filling water coolers used as in-store "billboards"." said Michael Dougherty. AquaCell continues to roll out its program to numerous retailers and expects to expand beyond the pharmacy segment in the near future. "As proven by the 34% Dove sales lift. it's getting increasingly more difficult to reach out to the consumer in a relevant timeframe of their purchase intent cycle. sauce-drenched Buffalo Snacker chicken sandwich. revealed a significant sales lift versus same stores without the AquaCell cooler advertising. AquaCell's in-store advertising on our largest brand.at countering the rise of technology that enables television viewers to skip past commercials faster than ever before. President of AquaCell Media. AquaCell installs their unlimited-use water coolers free of charge for retailers so that they can offer their customers a refreshing shopping experience while simultaneously giving advertisers a unique way to reach their targeted audience. the advertising agency that created the spot for KFC Corp. an executive at Foote Cone & Belding.
S.. the partnership seeks to promote wine consumption by dissing those who take wine too seriously. Fetzer. Grammy nominee Ciara. Think about how Rush Limbaugh talks about liberals. and Bolla) recently jumped into this vat hand-in-hand with Virgin Atlantic Chief Richard Branson in launching Virgin Vines. Starting with two California wines. Virgin Vines believes wine should be all about having fun and loving the taste. and Samaire are all unique in their talent as well as their style. compelling labels -think Yellow Tail and Marilyn Merlot -.. actress. This is the first time the brand has enlisted four stars to appear in an advertising campaign. was hobbled by a lack of understanding of wine combined with lame or confusing marketing and labeling by wine producers. megastar Hilary Duff." Source: BusinessWeek -7- . Kohl's has embraced our brand and we are thrilled with the response to Candie's at Kohl's. Ciara. wine consumption in the U. and actresses Michelle Trachtenberg and Samaire Armstrong. Mixing the four girls in an advertising campaign was the ideal way to showcase all of Candie's product categories which are available nationwide exclusively at Kohl's Department Stores. Michelle. Brown-Forman (which markets wines such as Jekel. Past Candie's spokespeople include Destiny's Child and Kelly Clarkson. Iconix CEO Neil Cole stated: "Bringing together the hottest young stars of Hollywood in one ad campaign is an excellent way speak to young women. both domestic and international. Hilary.they're discovering another way appeal to the $10-wine buyer: Make fun of the $30-and-up buyers. and you get the idea. The label's pitch goes like this: "Dare to enjoy this wine without dashes of pretentiousness or hints of snootiness. who may identify with one or more of the stars.Megastar Campaign The spring television and print advertising campaign for Candie's will feature four celebrities: Singer. But as increasingly clever marketers find success with simple. a Chardonnay and Shiraz." Source: Yenra Amateur is Fine For decades.not waxing poetically about meaningless wine-speak and food pairings.
holographic display. Typical of the trend was an ad for Vonage Holdings Corp. In its place: frill-free commercials.Show allows you to present. fell out of vogue this year on Madison Avenue. with high definition. It has a great impact! Displax® . the products in a display. Source: Displax. Source: WSJ. captures the customers attention. agencies embraced ads that used real people or looked like home videos. or just ignore the ad. You can browse the pages if you like. Reflecting the proliferation of reality television. in a remote and central way. witch allows its placement in window stores of banks or telecommunications store. just pressing the display with a finger. whoever passes by. Displax® Interactive is the solution that allows people to interact with a projected multimedia application. which used a home movie of a skier leaping off a roof onto a pickup truck. And for a retailer I think it's perfect--the Circuit CIty example is a great showcase for what you can do in this new ad format. will not be indifferent to it. spot was filmed to look like a home movie shot by two slacker dudes partying in the desert when a meteor hits their Tacoma truck. Displax® .Network allows managing displays placed in any location of the world. Displax® . which feature a fictional character named Ted Ferguson who performs daredevil stunts and rewards himself with beer. visible at daylight. has lately been running Bud Light ads shot documentary-style.Interactive window will be released in three versions.com For the Rest of Us Glitzy television advertising. the Internet phone service provider.. with the certainty that. set in a window-store or inside the shop. in an innovative way. Source: TechRepublic Blog -8- .com Page-turn Ads CNET has recently launched page-turn ad units. long the mainstay of marketing. bonds with the reality of the business of any kind of organization and has customized sizes. It's interactive without being in-your-face like interstitial ads or the ads that take over part of the page. Anheuser-Busch Cos.The Displax Interactive Window Displax® projects itself in a transparent. A Toyota Motor Corp.
for a fee of $1. Source: Small Business Trends Carvertising 2. it is still up to you to convert the lead into a sale. The concept is surprisingly simple. Each purchase of 100 pixels are sold in 10x10 blocks. leave it to entrepreneurs and marketers from around the world to add some really interesting twists. it's not a house or land." Similarly. a 21 year old college student. a telephone number. with a telephone number underneath. which will earn Tew the title of millionaire. Alex Tew. in fact. It seems like an excellent solution for small businesses." "Columbus home builder. The Million Dollar Homepage is located at http://www. The lease also includes insurance and service costs. As with any advertising." You see a listing on the search page. Source: News Blaze Pay Per Call Advertising Pay-per-call is an advertising service that connects online searchers with your business by phone." and "Cincinnati auto repair. You place an Internet ad. he's already half way to his goal.MillionDollarHomepage. The Million Dollar Homepage offers a spot of advertising on it's virtual real estate. I found listings for "Akron mortgage. but it is a cool concept. Alex Tew is selling virtual real estate via the internet. except you pay per phone call. When you click on the listing. turning a new corner in Carvertising. -9- . is on the way to being a millionaire and it's all thanks to the world wide web and the sale of his virtual real estate.com. The image above shows a pay-per-call ad from a search I just ran a few minutes ago for "Cleveland web designer. and business hours to call. it's just strange enough to work. also known as a website. rather than taking you to a website. The goal is to sell one million pixels. In Austria. it takes you instead to a second page with information about the business. because more small businesses are prepared to deal with a phone call. CoolCar offers long term (12-48 months) rental cars decked out in ads. and obviously provides an interesting alternative to buying or leasing a regular car. No. than with an Internet lead." "Toledo florist. After posting his website in August 2005.00 per pixel with a 100 pixel minimum. rather than per clickthrough. its products and services. for only EUR 199 (USD 249/GBP 135) per month if drivers make enough miles. including the Mini One and the Citroen C4. one college student in England is changing the world of real estate one pixel at a time. You pay for the ads similarly to pay-per-click advertising.0 We reported on nearly-free short term rental cars in Europe a long time ago. Sound strange? You bet it is and. and Internet surfers who respond to the ad call you on the phone.Million Dollar Home Page These days.
com] Pay-per-Call Search marketing agency Greenlight has launched a Pay-Per-Call service aimed at UK advertisers. and Filter UK Ltd.10 - .In France. Each of these cards can be combined to create powerful marketing ideas. Under a new advertising program.Maiden Group PLC. paying these MINIPRENEURS up to EUR 100 per month if they turn their cars into driving billboards. Liberty Drive offers a similar long-term rental service. The commercial. Tele2. which has handled billboard advertising for 80 years in the United Kingdom. the Range Rover Sport.Media. Club Med. aimed at passengers in Virgin's first-class lounge. Always. But they also have a program that rewards existing Smart car owners for participating in carvertising campaigns. Clients have included Coca Cola Light. Adpack is a card-based tool made up of trigger or strategy cards which contain proven techniques that are current and relevant in today's business divided into three sections . Samsung.000 inhabitants. Greenlight said the service could open up the search market to thousands of businesses which operate without a website. in much the same way pay-per-click advertising only charges for visitors sent to a website. Evian. Liberty Drive is looking for franchisees in French cities with over 100. Two London companies are behind the new ad approach -. Gillette. Source: [WSJ. Source: [NetImperative] Get Your Adpack! Perth-based advertising agency Breakthrough has released an original and innovative ideas generation tool specifically focussed on advertising. . touts a new SUV.. Nike. Offer and Power Words. Kookai. The advertiser is only required to pay for the adverts that result in phone calls. Schwarzkopf. a small firm specializing in the transmitter technology. Source: [Springwise] Bluetooth Advertising Passengers waiting to board a Virgin Atlantic Airways flight at London Heathrow airport may get an unexpected invitation on their cellphone these days. transmitters are beaming out text messages to the phones of people walking by to ask them if they would like to watch a video-clip ad on their phone's screen. The card-based system is designed to assist in concept generation and media selection and is one of the cleverest concepts we've seen to help with brainstorming communications strategies. offering Smart cars for EUR 150 per month. Pay-per-call is billed as an alternative to traditional pay-per-click search advertising.
involves home-page takeovers on Tiscali and Yahoo!. where the Internet companies have had limited success. aims to promote Yell. developed by agency AKQA with media planning from i-level. are now selling ads on their behalf. Source: [gizmag] Weather Targeting Yell. Source: [The New York Times] . and yellow pages publishers like the BellSouth Corporation and SBC Communications have recently turned themselves into de facto agents for the search engines in the smallbusiness market. Source: [Revolution Magazine] Adsense Middlemen The New York Times: Consider this somewhat strange development: search engines like Google and Yahoo have become so proficient at attracting advertising that even competitors.Adpack is also an educational and lateral thinking tool designed to catalyse the brainstorming process and is an ideal way of including the people who know the business best (the staff) in the process. Channel 4 and Big Brother. the ad might suggest visitors search its directory for bowling alleys. running until July.com is aiming at the 20-26 age group through ads on music and entertainment sites including Mean Fiddler. If it is wet. and creative is further tailored to the site it is placed on: users of Property Finder will see an execution tailored to those searching for a house on a hot summer's day. London Eating and Streetmap. with a real-time weather feed triggering different creative executions depending on local conditions. The first wave of creative. outdoor" execution. The campaign.com on a warm day in the capital will see a "sunny. Yell. like newspapers and yellow pages publishers.com's range of services and is based on the "great British summer". It will be followed by a new push in autumn. Newspapers like The Houston Chronicle. and targets information sites including Trainline. Businesses like yellow pages publishers. But the publishers argue that they are taking advantage of the chance to make additional money.11 - . The ads suggest a suitable activity according to the city it is viewed from: a user logging on to www. The Raft. while also studying the search engines closely enough to determine a long-term strategy to compete with them.com is launching a suite of seasonal interactive ad campaigns. which is owned by the Hearst Corporation. which target creative to regional weather conditions. which exist solely to serve the local advertiser that Google and Yahoo covet. may appear to be cutting their own throats by passing those customers onto the search engines. Expandable skyscraper ads predominantly targeting London's office workers will show maps of the UK displaying the weather in different regions.thisislondon.
with developers of sports games in particular financing much of their work through product placement fees. listen up . and the outfield fence will probably be emblazoned with paid ads from real companies." Schwartz said. for example. and it could be hawking soft drinks one day and the latest Vin Diesel movie the next. for example. the company bids from 50 cents to $3 to be part of the list of "sponsored" links that appear above and to the right of the primary search engine results. said Nicholas Longano. but our order frequency is up 20% to 30%." "high-temperature adhesives" and "machinable ceramics" aren't even in the same league as "Britney Spears" when it comes to popular Web searches. said he started placing search ads more than a year ago and is spending a couple of thousand dollars a month on the promotion. Source: [CNet] It's Online Ads For Small Businesses "Heat-resistant coatings. thanks to a new service that inserts dynamic ads into video games.HALLS Fruit Breezers lets you hear it all too! Tattooing advertisements on body parts is old news.000-degree temperatures for use in hair dryers and halogen headlights. they're golden. Aremco only pays when a potential customer clicks on a link. That's because the customers for Aremco's high-temperature coatings and adhesives are typing those words into search engines such as Yahoo! and Google. In-game advertising has become a growing source of revenue for publishers over the past few years.12 - .. Pass a virtual billboard in the latest "Splinter Cell" counterterrorism game. N. Shag a deep fly ball in the latest baseball game. but the newest wave in creative branding is loud and difficult to miss…at least if you live in New York City with Floyd .Y. New York start-up Massive is set to launch its in-game advertising network on Monday. Peter Schwartz. Massive will take advertising to another level by serving up dynamic ads. The online ads are taking the place of advertising in an annual industrial directory and dozens of monthly trade magazines for engineers eager to buy adhesives and coatings that can withstand 3. president and chief operating officer at Aremco. chief marketing officer for the Los Angeles-based company. with support from several major game publishers and mainstream advertisers such as Coca-Cola and Intel. of Valley Cottage. But for Aremco Products Inc.Dynamic In-Game Advertising Be prepared for such moments to become a regular occurrence. After several months of beta testing. "I can't tell you that we get an extra million a year in business. Source: [USAToday] Voicevertising Just when you think you've seen it all in the world of marketing. To make sure Aremco's Web site comes up when they do.
. elevators. It's about this ad war between Miller and Anheuser-Busch about whether Lite or Bud Light tastes better. offering to shout out a brand name every fifteen minutes for an entire week -.no matter what location or situation. subways. more taste" claims to the U. in a unique advertising deal that may leave you…well. pitting A-B versus Miller products. Miller points to blind taste "perception" tests of 400. put his "voicevertising" services up for sale on eBay. Richmond. (Don't worry…he will be allowed to sleep. Source: [Businessweek Online] . clubs. weddings or even business meetings.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau.) It's a contemporary spin on the traditional town crier. i. Floyd Hayes. scratchy throats. a throat drop that cools and soothes dry. which Hayes is likely to experience on this mission. HALLS Fruit Breezers purchased Hayes' voice on eBay. NY resident. a Brooklyn.13 - . which already is reviewing the Milwaukee brewer's campaign for fairness and truthfulness. and what brand could be more fitting to purchase the services than HALLS Fruit Breezers. A-B charged that the tests were improperly conducted and the ads may leave consumers to think Miller beers were preferred over the AB's brands. or has "more taste.e. hoarse." The National Advertising Division of the Council of Better Business Bureaus says it is now referring Anheuser-Busch's challenge of Miller Brewing's "More flavor.Hayes. Source: [PRNewswire] Tasteless Beer Advertising No. Va. bars. this is not about buxom bikini-clad women riding Clydesdales or SpongeBob holding a longneck.000 consumers conducted by the Institute for Perception.
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TerraPass pools its members' fees and invests them in clean energy production. the cotton will come from Turkey.4. Not that it will stop the trendy trousers from having a hefty price tag. free from outside electricity. is expected to vaporize 3.S. TerraPass is channeling the good intentions of individual consumers concerned about carbon emissions.15 - . His. U. The facility will operate on about a third of the power it generates. According to reports the first pairs in the US will sell for 250 dollars each.3 million tons of trash collected since 1978 -. After taking a small cut of each sale. including wind power. he was intrigued. the nearest available source.) company sells "green tags. County officials estimate their entire landfill -. Hughes checked out the service online last August and then forked over $129 for two TerraPass windshield decals. to cut down on long distant transport and associated fuel costs. which are linked with global warming. Yet when Hughes heard last year about an environmental startup called TerraPass Inc. The 100. No byproduct will go unused.that will be sold back to the grid. though skeptics question whether the technology can meet the lofty expectations.will be gone in 18 years. in part because they wish to cater to this growing. Synthetic.000 tons of garbage a day.about 120 megawatts a day -. generate electricity and help build roads -. businesses have watched Europe and Japan adopt tough regulations on carbon emissions and say the tags could help them prepare for similar developments in the U.all by vaporizing garbage at temperatures hotter than parts of the sun.As the factory is in Hungary.. Lucie County will use lightning-like plasma arcs to turn trash into gas and rock-like material. green constituency. clean-energy fanatic. The $425 million facility expected to be built in St. It will be the first such plant in the nation operating on such a massive scale and the largest in the world. companies are also adopting the certificates. Source: [Wired] Green Pass Martin Hughes is not your typical hybrid-driving. Hers.S. combustible gas produced in the process will be used to run turbines to create electricity -. Supporters say the process is cleaner than traditional trash incineration." which cost up to $80 a year and which are designed to offset the emissions a car spews into the air during that period. according to Geoplasma. a Nissan Xterra SUV. Hughes and his wife.000-square-foot plant. zoom around Houston in no-compromise vehicles. Source: [Daily Mail] Burning Garbage A Florida county has grand plans to ditch its dump. and other materials will come from Europe too. a zippy Volkswagen Passat. slated to be operational in two years. aren't simply a marketing vehicle. But the tags. U. which are now America's fastest-growing alternative-energy product. at least to start off with. around £140 here. The Menlo Park (Calif. both longtime oil-industry veterans. the Atlanta-based company building and paying for the plant.S. Source: [BusinessWeek] .
It produces approximately 1kw of electricity. His company has earned a fortune manufacturing solar heaters.COM] 30 Million Solar Water Heaters Dusty Dezhou was relegated to the footnotes of Chinese history for centuries. Source: [Reuters] .250). One of consumers’ major complaints though is the lack of making a real impact: separating bottles and papers only goes so far. enough to run a TV. At least 30 million Chinese households now have one and last year the country accounted for around 80 percent of the world market. China Himin Solar Energy Group. computer.75 m in diameter) that connects to a building's standard mains supply. British/Scottish Windsave launched the Windsave 1000 system. fridge/freezer and several lights. known mainly as the place where a Filipino king died." Huang says his Dezhou-based firm.16 - . although for a luxury home this could rise to 18. is the largest in a fragmented and almost entirely Chinese market. Source: [TRENDWATCHING. he says. With technology so efficient they can work at temperatures well below freezing and under cloudy or smog-choked skies. "We are at 15 to 20 percent annual growth and I don't see that slowing down. Windsave is now partnering with British Gas to market and install roof-top turbines. a three-bladed fan (1. The turbine is quiet. and it's projected that the turbines will save households up to GBP 100 on their annual electricity bills. Huang's basic models start at around 1. consumers could earn back their initial investment in less than 6 years. Sensing a real opportunity.500 yuan ($190). relatively low-tech rooftop devices which capture the sun's energy to provide water for baths and washing and are at the forefront of a renewable energy drive. visiting scholar at Beijing's Tsinghua University. DVD player. Now. with noise levels comparable to the sound of a person talking at normal volume.Cheap and effective enough to make economic sense to middle-class urbanites.Windsave Saves You Money Continuing concerns about climate change and skyrocketing energy prices are fuelling interest in alternative sources of energy. Huang Ming hopes hot water will help put it on the map. Engineers from British Gas will supply and install all equipment for GBP 1. with a share of around 14 percent. said Eric Martinot. And the mayor is using his heating success as the basis for a bid to follow British University town Oxford and Australia's Adelaide as host of an international solar congress. they soon pay for themselves. trials will be carried out in Scotland and South-West England later this year.000 yuan ($2.500. With government-funded rebates and subsidies.
They’re cute as heck and they can fetch big bucks: One alpaca stud recently sold for over half a million dollars. Garden in a Bag. have a bunch of fun.packaging. In order to keep Clif Bars fresh. But there's one problem that Clif bar has never been able to solve . Lavender. The engine was driven by the muscle power of an albino Buffalo. built in Chiang Maï in Thaïland. A little start up called Matisse & Jack's seems to have an solution for those people seeking a better packaging solution for their energy bars: They sell the mix to bake them yourself at home. Italian Parsley. Alpine Strawberry or MiniTomato. the packaging has to be made out of material that is generally not recyclable nor compostable. Source: [we make money not art] DIY Energy Bars Everyone loves Clif Bar. Oregano. laptops.Muscle Energy Hybrid Muscle was both a work and exhibition space. to grow a few little herbs or vegetables. Once freed the buffalo would lounge around the rice field and the mechanical energy stored was turned into electrical energy to power ten light bulbs. that would generate its own electricity and thus be "unplugged" from the power grid. makes the process a bit smoother by including all the necessary elements to grow various herbs and even some vegetables. and know exactly what you put into it. For $8 per bag you can get organic Basil. Small . Not only is it better from a sustainability concept. available at Wishing Fish. Source: [Cool Hunting] Alpaca Farming Urban escapists looking for the perfect artisanal farm like the idea of raising animals for fun and profits that don’t involve slaughter. The buffalo worked a few hours a day to lift a steel counterweight. but you can tailor the recipe to your taste. and recognizes them as one of the more admirable companies out there by just about any measure related to the integrated bottom line.17 - . or more realistically window sill space. Source: [Triple Pundit] Clean Gardening About this time of year green thumb urbanites are struggling to find corners of land. Chives. mobile phones.
who love raising the gentle South American creatures and selling their soft. make way for the Green Goat. RailPower Technologies says the added weight of the batteries actually helps improve the Green Goat's pulling power.wonder alpaca farming is catching on with rurbanites. Now. Source: [Wired] .000 horsepower -. RailPower says the Green Goat uses 40 percent to 60 percent less fuel and emits 80 percent to 90 percent fewer pollutants than conventional train engines." Goat is railroad lingo for the smaller locomotives used for moving rail cars around over short distances. Source: [Iconoculture] The Green Goat Hybrid cars. Then it slaps in the long-life lead-acid battery bank. fuel tank. up from 626 in 1994. Handweavers and knitters pay several dollars an ounce for raw alpaca fiber. more knotted-up city dwellers and retirees are joining the padded-foot stampede. the company strips older locomotives of their engine and cab but keeps the same frame. which is fine enough for wedding gowns and sturdy enough for rugs.000-horsepower locomotive that radically reduces fuel consumption and emissions of pollutants. which is rated at 2. executive vice president of the Canadian company. The Green Goat is a diesel-electric hybrid in which the normal massive diesel locomotive engine is replaced by a 290-horsepower inline 6-cylinder diesel truck engine and a 600-volt battery bank. It's a 2.6. said Simon Clarke. RailPower Technologies. brakes and electric traction motors.enough to pull 88 rail cars.05).18 - . trucks and buses have already hit the road. luxuriant fleece. developer of the Green Goat.000-pound "goat. with many of them clustered in the Pacific Northwest (Seattle Times 4. The batteries supply the power needed to drive the electric traction motors on the wheels of this 280. The Alpaca Owners and Breeders Association now boasts 4.188 members. To build the hybrids. the world's biggest hybrid. believes the hybrid locomotive is an ideal way to reduce fuel costs and air pollution in switching yards. To meet rising demand.
19 - . Source: [Trendsetters] . Here San Francisco artist Tim Gaskin shows off his Hotel Des Arts room. which attracted an eclectic mix of collectors. What other “mall” lets you buy a Picasso for $13 million? Or has a fleet of BMWs ready to wisk its big-spending clientele to their next high-profile appointment? It’s perhaps even more noteworthy that Miami has moved to the forefront of art and entertainment. it has reached even greater heights now that luxury is back in vogue. Food Is Art claims to provoke deep thoughts about our relationship with food.Chocolate Rooms The deliciously interactive rooms have graced some of England's most elaborate society parties. whimsical and delicious? Art has never been more enticing. tea cups. And leave it to the Swiss to bring an event to the land of eternal plastic that exemplifies America’s chief economical driving force: shopping. artists and glitterati from all over the world to the already sizzling surroundings of South Beach. Consumers gravitate toward experiences that challenge and stimulate all their senses. In March. Source: [Iconoculture] Art If you need more evidence that art is hot. Playful. you need look no further than last week’s Art Basel Miami Beach show. shot glasses and jewelry. but Staite's Food Is Art catalog also includes one-offs like plates. the Winter Music Conference will occupy the center stage of heat. While the visceral appeal of art is always high. which doesn't come cheaply in this case. but let's face it – chocolate rooms are more about indulgence. The hot art market is behind the art hotel phenomenon.
'Shhh. natural gas and Hythane (a trademarked hydrogen-methane blend). where visitors collect headphones. lay it inside the engine well. so it's quick & easy to help anyone who needs a jump. Your journey begins in the museum's Contemporary Space. Sounds in Spaces'. no jockeying the live car to kiss bumpers. I tend to keep mine in my car. Consumers who want to embrace alternative fuels appreciate vehicles that run on whatever's at hand. Source: [Cool Tools] Various Fuels on Car But will it run on empty? In June 2006. 20lb." It's a briefcasesized. The Multi-Fuel earned a gold medal in the emissions category and a silver in the carbon dioxide emissions contest. ethanol. but it still works fine. The contributors vary from big names like Gillian Wearing and Jeremy Deller. and with built-in jumper cables attached. 12V battery with built-in 12v/120v charger. a vehicle prototype capable of running on gasoline. methane. to musicians like Roots Manuva. and drive to the shop. Now that's 'modern' art. The exhibition. is unique in that the V&A museum has invited 10 different musicians and artists to provide sound-pieces to accompany the collection of sculpture.Music in the Museum London's Victoria and Albert Museum has a new exhibition that completely transforms the entire process of visiting a gallery with its innovative sound installations. A cute trick for a dead alternator is to hook up the jump kit. Gasoline may have new competition. Five-fuel flexibility is intended to make it easier for consumers to fuel up on locally produced/available energy sources..20 - . but it's not dead yet. isn't it? Source: [BBC Feature] Car Broke Down? Mechanics here in Boston call this a "jump kit.. furniture and fasion in the different rooms and spaces. The Jump-N-Carry is a much easier way to jump a car. Volvo showcased its Multi-Fuel. a custom-made MP3 player and a map that leads them through the series of sound installations. One of my mechanics has a J&C with a case that melted from doing this trick. Infra-red sensors throughout the museum trigger the in-ear soundtracks which vary dramatically from space to space. close the hood as well as you can. no stretching jumper cables between cars. and David Byrne. Source: [Iconoculture] . ranging from large-scale soundscapes to spoken pieces in response to a single art object.
Car Worth By SMS Dutch CarSpotter also offers consumers price information by sms to guide them through sales and negotiating. Source: [Springwise] . making them best suited to relatively short commutes. CarSpotter also works for motorcycles. A joystick instead of a steering wheel means that drivers with limited arm mobility can comfortably control the vehicle. Source: [Springwise] The Kenguru Made in Hungary. CarSpotter valuations are priced at EUR 1. horsepower and acceleration. the Kenguru is a small vehicle that drivers can roll into without leaving their wheelchairs. stylish and cheerful vehicle whose contours are similar to those of a Smart car. Kenguru is small. it turns out that people also use CarSpotter for fun.980).790. and reach speeds of 35-40 km/hour. Although the service was meant to improve price transparency and the balance of information between dealers and buyers. (Source: Index. Designed by Zsolt Varga.21 - . But the resemblance stops there.250 / USD 12. have a range of 40-60 km. and the number to text to is 2020. Made to hold one passenger in a manual wheelchair.50.000 (EUR 10. texting their employer or neighbour's license plate to find out how much their car is worth. the Kenguru doesn't have doors or seats. Listed price is HUF 2.920 / GBP 6. which automatically locks into place inside the car. the driver opens the extra large back hatch and rolls inside while remaining seated in his wheelchair. CarSpotter sends users details on a vehicle's maximum speed. Besides year. To get in.) Kengurus are electrically powered. make and price.
convenience-store and gas chains like QuikTrip Corp. and Sam's Club. Some are promising shorter cleaning times and opening plush waiting rooms with Wi-Fi service. many gas stations. Source: [StartupJournal. including Home Depot. they are available for most fluid applications: fuel. Source: [Truck Blog] Cars. it hopes to open another location in Atlanta later this year and more down the road. area. and even car dealerships have expanded their car-wash operations. owned by Wal-Mart Stores Inc. The technological changes include more-powerful drying systems (100-plus horsepower. Meanwhile. using equipment that adjusts to accommodate vehicles of different sizes. Many Years From Now Fine. even at 200 psi. Feel FINE!" is its motor show motto. car washes around the country are launching new services aimed at grabbing customers' interest. Tenn. Fine Times. you can enjoy steering the Fine-X nose-first into a parking space then sliding the rear end in to complete the manoeuvre. each fitting is tested and proven to have a 100% leak proof seal. Others are pitching Netflix-style discount plans in which customers pay monthly for unlimited washes. Honda is feeling fine.com] Jiffy-tite Quick-Connect Fluid Fittings Those of you who actually take your truck down to the tracks on the weekend will certainly appreciate Jiffy-tite® Quick-Connect fluid fittings.22 - . compared with 30 horsepower previously) that have cut out the need for human dryers at the end. too. Costco Wholesale Corp. Their lightweight. Specifically. car washes at its stores. Fine words. At the end of April. Home Depot opened convenience stores with gas stations and car washes earlier this year at two stores in the Nashville. indeed. Nine Sam's Club locations now have car washes. opened a test car wash at a Seattle store.. Offering the best of safety and performance. "Fine Technology. Designed by racers for racers. they clean the car in a garage-like bay that consultants say is cheaper to install and operate. high flow valve technology in the plug and socket assembly automatically interrupts the flow of fluid when disconnected to protect against hazardous gas leaks or potential hot oil spills. in whose Fine-X you can discover that "Ecology and Emotion meet in a fun-to-drive time in which you can enjoy the joy of steering freely at will".. Wal-Mart already has five Murphy Oil Corp.The New Car Wash The battle is on to primp your ride. Some are even washing the family dog. The changes are striking in a conservative business long dominated by mom-and-pops and small chains. and the company. because the jet lag has worn off and I'm at the 2005 Tokyo Motor Show. anticipates opening more. thanks to four independently steering wheels able to turn . Facing growing competition from the likes of Home Depot Inc. And there's more fine-ness at Toyota. oil and water. have dispensed with the conveyer belt. and they look really cool too. But technological shifts that have cut labor costs are making the car-wash business more profitable and attracting a number of new and formidable entrants. Car washes are also automating payment and finding ways for drivers to load their cars onto the conveyer belts or into the wash without humans helping. I'm feeling absolutely fine. Some companies.
The W. children and other family members. For bigger dogs. the Fine-X with its vast gullwing doors and vegetablematter. in a show strong on hybrids and cars powered by electric fuel cells.23 - . there's a special seat belt attached to the floor. rollout flooring and has wide sliding doors to keep dogs happy.W." said Honda designer Katsuhito Nakamura." features a special crate for dogs in the glove apartment to allow owners to interact with their pets on the road. Concept. which stands for "wonderful openhearted wagon. which converts natural gas into hydrogen and minimal carbon dioxide. And back at Honda we find fuel-cell technology pushed ever further with the long. but it turned out to be a gentler vehicle for the elderly. able also to do an about-face in its own length by steering each wheel through 45 degrees and making the rear wheels rotate in the opposite direction from the front ones.O. sleek FCX concept. A bigger crate pops up from the floor in the back seat area and can be folded back into the floor when it's not needed.O.sideways. washable.W comes with removable. whose "vertical flow" cells are so compact they can fit into the structure's backbone. It's a parkophobic's dream. Source: [The Independent] Pet Friendly Vehicle The W. CO2-neutral interior features both technologies. "We created this vehicle from the point of view of a dog. Source: [Popgadget] . low. You can also feed the FCX the hydrogen it needs from Honda's Home Energy Station. As you might expect.
principal of David Howell Design. whose workspace has become the brand. invites visitors to vote for their favorites and manufactures and sells the most promising designs.030-square-foot. He calls it all "open source footwear. Source: [Influx Insights] Linking with Consumers Over the last few years." "Customers want to express themselves. he has also been soliciting ideas from them — encouraging brand enthusiasts to submit their own sketches for leather boots. but not the strangely named Fahrenheit 212 ( A unit of Saatchi). The Fahrenheit 212 logo and the bold signature palette of white. "For so long. Mr. executed by David Howell. There are a couple of interesting recent examples: Marketing services companies are notoriously bad at marketing themselves and most of the big companies house their employees in cubicle ridden offices that look like insurance companies. He posts the submissions on his company's Web site. though. Fluevog said in an interview at the John Fluevog Shoes boutique on Newbury Street in Boston. to be involved with the brand.24 - . gray and an orange as bright as goldfish are ubiquitous in the 5.Workspace Brands Companies are increasingly coming to terms with the idea that the workspace." Mr. Source: [NY times] Sapphire Inspired . the company has chosen nearly 300 finalists from the flow of sketches into Vancouver — and introduced 10 shoes based on customer designs. This program is a natural outgrowth of that desire for connection. is an under-utilized brand asset." To date. high-heeled dress shoes. people would hand me a drawing of their personal design for a shoe or ask if I had considered an idea they liked. Fluevog hasn't just been presenting ideas about shoes and style to customers. even sneakers with flair. eighth-floor offices.
marketing and counsel on VO glove research and development. VO teamed up with Wendall Tremblay of WTC Consultants for sales. The latest trend in artificial Christmas trees seems to be the "inverted" style. 2481 Commercial Blvd. Source: [fibre2fashion.25 - .. the world’s largest young entrepreneur contest in the sports equipment industry. Source: [Trendwatching] VO Gloves Vaughn Outdoor (VO). makers of the CZiP design that frees winter athletes from the inconvenience of taking gloves off at inopportune times. in which the tree is either hung from the ceiling or supported by a weighted base on the floor. stunning wallpaper from fashion designer Jonathan Saunders and lounge furniture created by Luisa Ruge. Surface Magazine and Bombay Sapphire launched the week long “Sapphire Inspired” pop-up store at the Bathhouse Studios in New York.com] Inverted Christmas Trees Hang a shining star upon the lowest bough -. The product designs were tested by the U. an Ice Chandelier by designer Eva Menz. "People like the way the ornaments hang and the fact that more presents can be fit under the tree. On sale were limited edition items like a Sapphire inspired martini glass entitled "Broken Martini" by emerging designer Dror Benshetrit. began carrying the "umbrella" and "mushroom" trees this year due to their bizarre appearance and ability to intrigue customers. just copy and paste into your brand presentation you'll give to your boss or. VO gloves also received the Riri Sportswear Accessories Award of the 2006 ISPO BrandNew competition.S. College Gardens Christmas Shoppe. To advance the line for the ’07 season. "They're very unusual and most people have never seen anything like them.the world of Christmas trees is being flipped upside-down. if you yourself are the boss. announces the launch of 15 new VO glove and mitten designs with the hands-free access. to your team: Sapphire Inspired | Last November.000 people visited the store. Local Christmas vendors are clamoring for the inverted evergreens. Military in Alaska and Afghanistan under extreme weather conditions. More than 1." owner Steve DuBois said." .So let's start with a slew of what can now be considered ‘traditional’ pop-up BRAND SPACES. Here’s a long list of spottings over the last 6 months or so (ammunition!). eager to surprise either random passers-by or those select few who were in the know. many of them of the fast-fashion type.
skirts." Source: [The Daily Collegian Online] Growing Clothes For Growing Kids Adjustable-waist pants solve fit issues width-wise. but Mom's only recourse against growth upspurts and dryer-induced shrinkage used to be cuffs or cut-offs. the cost may offset any inherent practicality. actually) with kids 1 to 6. Source: [Cool Hunting] . Each article comes with a larger insert that keeps Ziprips a perfect fit for up to three sizes. NWA's classic "Straight Outta Compton. Ziprips represent yet another practical solution from mompreneurs. Pants. Source: [Iconoculture] Rapping Paper Though not quite in production yet." he said. The pun of the gift wrap itself is as funny as it is to read the familiar words in print. dresses and overalls are designed with inserts that quickly add or remove extra length from hip to hem." the embarrassment of Vanilla Ice's "Ice Ice Baby" and House of Pain's "Jump Around. Ziprips are anything but basic. The adjust-for-growth concept has proven popular with toys and furniture . Si Hill Design has been getting a lot of praise for his clever (w)rapping paper that features the instantly recognizable lyrics to popular rap songs. DuBois said. "Everybody loves them and are curious about them. The UK-based designer's prototypes include the old school. upside-down trees are a hard sale. "but you don't sell a lot. Fashion-forward Eurasian designs appeal to hip mamas who already buy unique boutique brands. But like most products. convenience and customization come with a price." all in different two-hue colorways.26 - . Sugar Hill Gang's "Rapper's Delight" (pictured left. To strictly price-driven parents. Mix and matchable.Although the shock factor of the holiday trend is attractive. click for detail). Ziprips are a line of stylish adjustable separates that grow up (down.
decomposition will take place. No-lag. When it comes to telecom needs. sold at nurseries and green-minded retailers such as Whole Foods. not shop. salespeople just get in the way. opt for robotic arms. Motorola is rolling out Instantmoto vending machines that will sell cellphones and other celly stuff at malls and airports across the country. the pots have a smooth finish and come in a variety of shapes and natural colours. travelers crave access and convenience – not mad scrambles to closed electronics stores. namely grain husks and natural binding agents. For consumers who know what they want. they'll last five years and are freeze and thaw resistant.27 - .Pots EcoForm pots are made from by-products of renewable and sustainable crops. Combining sustainability with eco-chic. EcoForm is currently only available on the West Coast of the United States. Source: [Springwise] Motorola Vending Machine Forget pushy sales clerks or waiting for online orders. Once discarded into a landfill. Instead. in both decorative and grower lines. Source:[Iconoculture] . The products were developed by Sweetwater Nurseries in cooperation with an Asian manufacturing partner. Motorola's robot retail stores are to be placed in high-traffic areas.Eco. 24-7 access is key for consumers who want to buy. Like Staples' vending machine effort. Under average use and conditions. Finding cellphone chargers and replacing must-have celly accessories on the road? Brutal. Motorola's hoping their anytime convenience will draw travelers and other off-hours shoppers.
we’re spilling the beans.Laundry Packs Cotton Buds Inc. market and distribute Tide Liquid Detergent Travel Sink Packets. How in the world are you supposed to get your message across? Well. The deals are designed to combine P&G's trademarks. each already planted bean is laser-printed with a message (Thank You. technology and/or know-how with strong outside companies to drive innovation and deliver mutually positive business results. Singing telegrams work only in the movies. four-leaf clover. This is the latest in a growing number of external business agreements struck by Cincinnati-based P&G. making laundering a few items by hand simple and convenient when traveling. and voilà! A week later the bean sprouts and the message is revealed. and skywriting is bad for the environment. The recipient simply peels off the foil top. Love. Source: [Brand Noise] Happy Birthday Beans Greeting cards are so passé. adds water to the soil. or music note). The new product offers consumers their favorite laundry detergent in single-use "sink" packets. Housed in an adorable aluminum can. has been granted an exclusive license from P&G to produce. a heart. Good Luck.28 - . E-cards? Totally tacky. creating the perfect vehicle for all your well wishes: the message bean. Source: [DailyCandy] . or Happy Birthday) and a complementary image (the Japanese character for thanks. The style-setting Japanese have done it again.
and whimsical that you’ll feel like you’re carrying Sweet Valley High and magic markers instead of the McClarin file and your overdue bills. The company that makes this. and an interior sleeve. The Bank's screen shows you the life of a stick man who starts out as a poor pleb in a cupboard-sized apartment and develops into a rich bastard lounging under a chandelier on the 500 yen coins you feed him. They’re functional. "SquidSoap" is designed to teach kids good habits in washing their hands thoroughly. the riff on the coin bank that the 21st century has been waiting for. it shoots a small amount of black ink with the soap. LP. (That’s more porn librarian. When you push down on SquidSoap's dispenser. Custom made of vinyl. you’ll need plastic accessories.Life Bank TakaraTomy have come up with another great. Source: [DailyCandy] Kids Soap A new product called. But they’re so bright. You're supposed to keep washing your hands until you remove all the black ink. because the . Squidsoap. Like Plastic People’s laptop cases. Source: [dottocomu] Plastic Cool. with a half-inch of safety padding.000 savings target. TX. for Gals Going for office sophisticate? Look the part in a sensible pantsuit and pumps. they look plastic (hence the name). out of Wichita Falls.) If you really want to work it like Career Woman Barbie. The cases have small hearts on the front and come in a mishmash of pick-it-yourself colors. wacky product in the Life Bank (Jinsei Ginkou). You can stick with the conservative black-on-beige (investment banker) or the splashier red-on-yellow combo (freelancer/unemployed). It takes about 15 to 20 seconds to get everything off.29 - . claims it's also a toy. But lose the fake glasses and bun. cheery. all the while counting you down to your up-to-Y100. Then you open up the box and find he actually has spent all your money on 8-bit hos and lo-rez champagne. two external pockets.
The company claims its also helps keep your body temperature cool.30 - . He asked a chemist friend to help him create a scent offensive to animals and insects but pleasant to humans. "I can't [count] how many times I went outside and found my garbage ripped apart in the street. Once it’s activated. . Imagine. Next time you open a jar. which sell for about $13 to $15 per box. began researching his product three years ago. quietly keeping track of the ticking on your behalf. or package. for a total of 11oz when you have one on each wrist. and vitamins. He predicts 2006 sales will be between $1 million and $2 million. Feinberg is currently testing his Repellem Garbage Bags. So not only will you avoid finding a thick layer of furry mold inside the mayo jar.5oz of water or sports drink. you’ve given up on the battle of the dates. each unit holds 5. You avoid the sun. When fully loaded. Feinberg. Source [Entrepreneur. The Timestrip also works on bottles of medicine.com] Tracking Time You don’t smoke. But when it comes to the contents of your fridge. bottle. It’s a time warp inside there — 2month-old eggs alongside 2-year-old blueberry jam. Described as a "Wrist Water Bottle". kids having fun with handsoap. providing you with some additional exercise." Feinberg says. stick a Timestrip on it. providing kids with hours of fun. so he decided to come up with a new type of bag that would discour-age them by both scent and color. cleaning products. You’re waging a war against time. Source: [DailyCandy] Wrist Bottle A company called HydroSport is marketing a new water bottle that fits on your wrist. Source: [Strange New Product] Trash Without Pest Terry Feinberg was seeing red. And it shows.orange-colored squid tentacles that adorn the bottle is stretchable. He was tired of having pests and animals snooping around his garbage bags. in more than 100 Petco stores and is negotiating to have his product appear on QVC. Your bathroom cabinet is heaving with all sorts of antiaging creams. but you’ll be able to spot the stinky culprit without using your nose. the genius product counts down to expiration. the owner of a health-care and beauty product distribution company. the unique bottle weighs one-half pound.
the chunky-soled shoes create a rocking motion that improves posture and balance. and even come in kids sizes. There are three different colors in each package.com.99. Neat Nets by Parents of Invention are colorful. . Now. there's an easy and practical way to store everything from building blocks to action figures. They are easy to stack and see through.31 - . Cost is $9. Source: [Orlando Sentinel] Foot Technology Walkers are standing up and taking note of Masai Barefoot Technology (MBT) trainers. Visit parentsofinvention. Aesthetically. Source: [Strange New Products] Neat Nets Forget those plain-Jane plastic bags for storing your child's toys. so you can always find what you're looking for.99 each. who are we to judge?). The company will even offer to put your logo on them. mesh bags for keeping toys -. but they promise to turn shuffling along into a core workout. they're available in a variety of colors. these shoes look more orthopedic than Orvis (although with the popularity of things like CROCS. Based on the erect barefoot stride of Africa’s Masai tribe.At $9.or most anything else -.orderly and visible.
sandals. But rocking out doesn’t come cheap: They cost $245 to $265 a pair.. Each Body Cooler® is designed to be worn on a specific part of the body and is made in sections so the polymer will stay in place. Source: [BabyGadget] . on your head. The subsidiary of Akemi Inc.32 - . you can just use plastic ziplock bags to organize your stuff. You may then place the creatively designed Body Cooler® securely around your neck.like I said. online customers can purchase the specially designed polymer-based cooling product that rests on your neck.The MBT style range includes nursing clogs. hiking boots and running shoes.com under the umbrella of Yahoo Small Business. The special cooling polymers will soak up the cool water and expand to about 1” in thickness. Yeah.. but I'm a sucker for nice packaging and feel a bit guilty every time I throw a ziplock away. Source: [Iconoculture] Body Cooler® The hot summer months are fast approaching. Each piece is activated by soaking it in cool water.bodycooler. no matter how often I try and reuse them. cooling your neck and spinal area. but these ARE machine washable. Now. The popular vest that cools the entire upper body is only 2-3 pounds in weight and can comfortably keep the body cool for hours. head. I realize that dirty. spoiled baby clothes and messy foods are better off in a plastic ziplock. I'm a sucker for packaging. through the safety and security of Yahoo. or shoulders to protect you from the dangers of heat exhaustion. Source: [PRWeb] Diaper Bags Sure. has recently completed a complete overhaul of their website and re-launched www. and Body Cooler® has a way to keep people cool and healthy in the heat. These attractive ziplock pouches are made from 100% cotton with mesh backing so you can see the contents at a glance. or even over your entire torso. thanks to the wide variety of Body Cooler® style and sizes available.
Source: [UrbanBaby Daily] Teddy Bear Cracker Step away from the limousine. this unique training potty manages to combine modern style and ergonomic features at an affordable price. have just come out with their latest invention. knew would be a . It also has a molded iPod storage pocket. The sleek design includes a built-in toilet paper holder and a removable soft deflector shield for training boys.The average cost of the gift certificates is $275 to $300--prices range from $65 for a trapeze lesson to $110.95. it’ll float safely back to earth thanks to its tiny parachute.iPod Bag The Burton Solar Amp Pack is designed to compliment your iPod. makers of the fun and practical Frog Pod. research shows consumers are looking for gifts that are unique--not your run-ofthe-mill department-store gift cards.000 for a private zero-gravity flight. Michelle Geib. here it’s made easy with a simple touch of a button. and a pullout drawer for easy. And like their first release. Source: [Gizmodo] Gifts of Experiences In recent years. The bright green Potty Bench has two enclosed side storage spaces for organizing training supplies. As one of the first companies to catch on to this trend. 29." which looks like it will pick up plenty of natural dirt. Made by paintball gun manufacturer Sunamiya. Xperience Days lets customers give an opportunity of a lifetime as a gift. 37. The Burton Solar Amp pack retails for $299. the Potty Bench. Source: [Chip Chick] Potty Bench Boon. a shoulder strap headphone port. We would almost consider getting this if it was available in other colors besides "natural hemp. Pull the trigger and the tiny plush bear is catapulted into the air. and Robb Young. which is common in the United Kingdom. If teddy bear throwing sounds like a lot of work to you. or I’ll shoot you with this … teddy bear? The Teddy Bear Gun capitalizes on a cutesy trend in Japan where wedding guests throw teddy bears at wedding receptions instead of rice or bouquets. sanitary cleanup. and it even has a side-entry compartment to store your laptop. Just close the lid and presto – you've got a sturdy sink stool or mini-seat to sit on while the kids are in the bath. the party crackers will go on sale this month.33 - . was an idea that UK native Bishop. and his co-founders. padded and ergonomic shoulder straps. It has an integrated Apple iPod control system with a SOFTswitch control pad on the shoulder strap. 34. The concept of giving experiences. and once airborne.
Now savvy career women can tote their laptop. at least three competitors have entered the market. ID. cartoon characters and fuzzy bunnies might ap-peal to youngsters." says Bishop. "When my wife and I became parents. with functional pockets and compartments to hold everything imaginable—from a BlackBerry to cosmetics. the PaperPro. transparent. we entered a parallel universe of really bad brands. The company--which sells primarily through its website (www. cell phones. gadgets. Source: [Entrepreneur. iPod. UV-blocking lids on tea tins to give customers a glimpse of the product prior to purchasing it. Pennsylvania.34 - ." says Todd Moses. "People in the U. sleek-looking line of staplers. who met his co-founders while attending business school in South Africa. "I looked at the stapler market and [saw that] there hadn't been any functional changes in over 100 years. but it's adults who have to carry the diaper bags--and the Granvilles had a hunch that something fashionable would be a hit.com)--relies heavily on product design to attract and reel in customers. they're very good gift-givers. a diaper bag that's runway-ready--they all point to one trend: In even the most seemingly ordinary product categories.com] Stylish Laptop Bags It’s a common problem for stylish women on the go—they have the cute outfit. the cute luggage…and the not-so-cute laptop bag. But typically. office products company Accentra Inc. a maker of high-end diaper totes.hit in the States. They were right. For Michael Cramer. They were right-since the company's launch. founder of Newtown. a transparent tea tin lid that keeps out damaging UV light. .S. there's room for extraordinary design innovation. Moses' core product. "People having babies now are very different from what [new parents] used to be. packs the power of a staple gun into an otherwise traditional. nonelectric." says Steve. Every UpTown Bella bag is well-thought out. co-founder of Fleurville. UpTown Bella ends this dilemma with a collection of laptop bags that combine fashion and functionality. and pyramid-shaped tea bags that combine the taste of loose tea with the convenience of a disposable bag. founder of Adagio Teas. there's an assumption that the kid is buying the products." Source: [Entrepreneur] Give Ordinary Products a New Life A stapler that staples up to 60 pages with even the lightest touch of a pinkie finger. and boarding pass with ease and style." In other words. generally have an adventurous streak and are willing to try things. making his gourmet tea products stand out comes down to design details such as a bottom-dispensing teapot that simplifies preparation of loose teas. "Plus.adagio.
or Ms. the oddball gadget has a Simpsons-like quality about it.keeping carpets. The new device is designed to fit between standard joists of 12".UpTown Bella solves the travel problem of juggling your laptop. 16" and 24". One blogger described the no-hands bottle that attaches to tots via a pacifier-like feeding tube as a beer hat for the diaper set. For owners who can't get enough face time with their furkids. the odd joys of the Pacifeeder. But seriously. Fluffball wherever their adventures take them. Contractor Thomas Foote has invented a flush mounted grate. one that allowed dirt and mud to drop through the industrial strength grid. The creator. In the everexpanding pets-as-people realm. especially in a stylish leopard print.35 - . On-the-go pet owners who want to keep their furkids close and comforted like carry-along help. and onto the ground below. is a business woman who saw the need when her and her style-conscious friends couldn’t find laptop bags that were practical for business yet agreed with their fashion sense. the Dirt Drain can also be framed with standard lumber in a matter of minutes.may now be a thing of the past thanks to an innovative new floor mat system that keeps the dirt outside. luxurious and multifunctional laptop bags for female executives who want it all. Source: [Iconoculture] Pacifeeder Hands-free bottle feeding on the go? Ah. the Pacifeeder has its place: Think multiple baby mouths to feed and only two arms. and ID when going through airport check-in. Sure. While most laptop bags sacrifice either style or functionality. rugs and floors clean . boarding pass. it needs to make airport security a breeze. Homebuilders are seizing on the opportunity to spec the Dirt Drain as a new 'smart home' feature. Every UpTown Bella bag must meet their strict criteria: it needs to look good. Or strolling with a feeding tot without having to continually stop to pick up a dropped bottle. it needs to be multifunctional and designed for everyday use. Source: [UpTownBella] PetPocket A front pack for a furry baby? The PetPocket straps to a pet owner's shoulders just like a baby pack. The cutout opening also provides side benefits such as additional air circulation under the decking and added lighting through basement windows. it brings critters a lot closer to their heart than a carrier or a handbag. and it needs to have practical features. Gabby Chan. cell phone. Source: [Construction & Maintenance] . to tote Mr. If customers don't need an even flush mounting. there's no shame in overpampering or anthropomorphizing. UpTown Bella is a collection of stylish. Source: [Iconoculture] Dirt Drain Construction & Maintenance: One of life's constant struggles .
which shows up as a white glow and is invisible to the human eye. When it’s time to get up. a physician in Spokane. You can solve those suckers in your sleep.36 - . check out the Puzzle Alarm Clock. but it also shoots off four colorful puzzle pieces from its top. Which may explain why you always need just five (okay. A new product called Fool-a-Fish may make catching fish easier.Puzzling Alarm Clock The New York Times Sunday crossword? Sudoku? Rubik’s cube? Pfft. The product was invented by Milan Jeckle. Source:[DailyCandy] Fool-a-Fish The days of baiting hooks with squirmy worms to catch fish may be over. If your propensity to hit the snooze button is the only thing keeping you down. Source: [All Headline News] . twenty) more minutes in bed. this good-morning messenger not only starts the requisite racket. "You catch three or four times more fish. The only way to bring back silence is to put everything back where it belongs. The Fool-A-Fish liquid will stay on the lure for two hours. who combined his love of fishing with his love of chemistry to make the product. is nontoxic and odorless." Jeckle contended. and the biggest fish. it lights up like a disco ball luring fish from over a half a mile away. As researchers have discovered. Fool-a-Fish works like this: spray the product (which contains titanium dioxide) on the lure and when it's cast into the water. fish see a fourth color in the ultraviolent range.
so does the tattoo. Users blog about music and connect to others who share similar tastes and interests. but its role has been diminished somewhat. as well as the thrill of doing something a little different that is not permanent---as the nail grows out. So what fills the void for the music fan? Mog. Source: [Influx Insights] The Nail Tattoo For London women tired of manicures every week or expensive and time consuming nail regimens. Mog says it helps you create pages that are an "extension of your musical soul". The genesis of this brand was in music. we know that hip Londoners are going to New Wave Tattoo in Muswell Hill. music still has an important aspect of the site. the latest and greatest is the nail tattoo.com is a potential candidate. Source: [TrendCentral] Nike+iPod . London. Fans are loving the intricate. Although we have not yet seen this trend here in the US. the tattoo artist goes through the first few layers of your nail to create an extremely detailed image directly onto the nail. but other people. The smart thing about Mog is that it recognizes that the best way to recommend other music to you is not with an algorithm. but years later. Using a super fine needle.37 - .MOG Myspace started out as a tool for emerging LA bands to connect and build out their fan base. It's a music based blogging network. so Mog matches you up with others that it believes can help you discover new music.
38 - . With the sensor. The board attaches to the legs of the seat via suckers to keep the board protected. Source: [Gothamist] Powder Seat Vitamin Living's The Powder Seat allows you to use your snowboard as the seat of the bench.a wireless system that can track your running progress and allow you to choose a "PoweSong" to pump you up when you hit a wall. There's also a pretty spiffy Nike+ website where you can track your run history and set up competitions with your friends. Source: [CoolHunting] Convenient Reading Chair . which is a streamlined single metal structure. with two sleek metal tripod legs (pictured).announced the Nike+iPod . or the Blade.who wasn't content just with opening a store on 5th Avenue . It can also be flat-packed for easy storage. There are two different base designs available. The sensor fits into a special compartment under the insole and a receiver attaches to the iPod (which only works for the Nano). a voice can tell you what your progress is through the headphones with the touch of a button. £99 from Vitamin Living.Two of the biggest brands in the world came together today in New York to announce a partnership for a new product. The Powder Seat is simply a base that suckers onto the underside of the board making it into a sturdy seat. the Trident. with the Air Zoom Moire as the first in the Nike+ line. It is also a great way to display your board all the year round. Nike and Apple . Nike is rolling out several new Nike+ shoes in the fall. not to mention a space-saving way to store it during off-season.
the fact that I can access my books from my chair is." This sheet is turned into a bag by folding it and making use of the adhesive qualities of the material.The Bibliochaise is book storage with a difference. this chair will definitely stand out in your living room. include t-shirts printed with a tablecloth pattern—for those of us who would rather eat topless than on a undressed table—and delicately embroidered paper napkins. the Italian designers. Source: [Popgadget] Food Design Minale Maeda's "Table Manners Collection" is a clever exploration of the intersection of formal dining and fast food. you can pick off your books right from where you are seated. Source: [Cool Hunting] Furoshiki Style The "furoshiki shiki" (furoshiki style) is made out of one sheet of semi-transparent vinyl "film. For instance. Other works by Mario Minale and Kuniko Maeda.” With the Bibliochaise. it can be used as a sheet to sit on (during hanabi/hanami). nobody&co have thrown in an added utility factor by creating a literal “arm-chair library. Because this chair-cum-library is designed to hold 5 linear metres of books and a book-lover as well. The transparency of the material allows you to play with color combinations. the duo behind this Rotterdam-based design studio. the porcelain pattern lends the refinement of fine china to eating on-the-go. in and of itself. It is a practical material: easy to clean and when washed with soap the material regains its adhesive qualities. With looks that can be customized too (you can choose different combinations of wood for the chair and colors for the cushions). resulting in different degrees of transparency. Apart from the fact that it has a higher than average creativity quotient. less appealing to me than what the Bibliochaise has to offer in the art department. Personally. Toasted directly onto a grilled sandwich. or its contents can be laid out on the sheet. The bag can easily transform into its original sheet-shape changing its function.39 - . Source: [Compact Impact] .
40 - . They were motivated to solve the out of sight. GRAFT.180-square-foot clinic (called KU64 after its Kurfürstendamm address) is located in Berlin and was designed by the hot firm. the same people that were behind Berlin's new super lifestyle Hotel "Q". It makes even a session of root canal seem inviting. where the results are both decorative and literal. The fact that fruit grows on trees does not go unnoticed in this design. The cocoon like spaces are filled with light. keeping the fruit fresh longer.certainly not the usual ambiance associated with utilitarian spaces like this one which houses eight dentists.Cool Dental Who would have thought a dental clinic could be this cool? The 10. Source: [Cool Hunting] . The incredible design makes you feel like you're in an A-list Hollywood members bar . creating an elegant sense of flow and space. Circulating air is pushed throughout the Fruitree. Source: [The Cool Hunter] Fruitree Fruitree is a concept piece designed by Chia Shee Loh. out of mind problem with fruit that goes uneaten and spoils. Antonietta Fortunato and Elena Godenzi.
Upgraded Office Wares
Offering an alternative to boring office supplies, russell+hazel sells stylish binders, paper, storage and accessories. Minneapolis-based russell+hazel, founded by a former architect, is a range of aesthetically pleasing office supplies that combine a designed look with durable quality. The company's newest range, Audrey, is a fashion-forward selection specifically tailored to women, offering 'working girl chic' supplies with details inspired by vintage architecture, classic Hollywood and contemporary couture. Source: [Springwise]
Dining On Computer
Designer Duck Young Kong has shown his latest innovation over at Yanko Design and it’s called The Keyboard Food Tray. No longer do you have to face tough question: “one more round of de_dust or finally eat something for the first time in 37 hours?” You can very easily consume your tea cakes and earl grey while grinding goblins. It’s still in the design phase, so there is no pricing and information is limited. Hopefully this will help out all the Koreans who die due to MMOs problem. Source: [Ohgizmo]
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Novelty Lights Inc. is a Colorado based company owned by brothers, Tres and K.C. Coors. The company was established in 1999 as a direct importer of Rope Light, Holiday Lights, and a variety of popular novelty lights. Our lighting lines have grown significantly since then; however, we pride ourselves on knowing our customers and their needs and most importantly providing excellent service. Because the owners have years of experience working within the lighting field, even before starting their own company, you can trust the quality of our products and the information you receive. Novelty Lights Inc. strives for excellence in every aspect of our company, and we promise to provide knowledgeable salespeople, accurate information regarding products, and answers to your lighting questions, as well as outstanding and friendly customer service. At Novelty Lights, we constantly import the finest lighting from all over the world. Because we import merchandise we are able to pass great savings on to our customers. Without the inflated prices offered by other websites and mall stores, we have the buying power to negotiate low prices and value our ability to pass the savings on to you. We strive for complete customer satisfaction and value your right to a fair price and quality lighting products. Source: [Novelty Lights.com]
Like a growing number of homeowners paying extra attention to the space over their heads, Cronin likes to incorporate the ceilings into his room design. "It's the biggest space you have to work with," says Cronin, who designs sound studios. Cronin's not the only one with an overhead fixation. "Ceilings are huge," says decorative painter Kathy Wear, whose work with interior designer Joni Wohlfahrt has won home show awards in the Nashville area. "For so long, ceilings were just white. Now you very rarely see white ceilings. It started with color and has worked its way to finishings." Designer Marcia Knight says fancy ceilings aren't entirely new. The Biltmore, the Vanderbilt homestead in Asheville, N.C., built in 1895, has many fabulous ceilings, she points out. But what is relatively new is outfitting ceilings atop really tall walls, which can tower 18 to 24 feet in some of the grandest new homes. In terms of aesthetics, it's almost necessary. "If you have walls that go straight up, you don't want to go to a flat top," she says. "It would be pretty boring." "People want something unique," Wear says. "They don't want to go crazy on walls, which can overpower a room. They'd rather concentrate on the ceiling as the main focal point." Source: [INDYSTAR.com]
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If your crib is getting to be a little bit too modern-looking, now it's time to funk it up a bit with some retro-refrigeration. Oddly-named Brit company Smeg is offering these old-fashioned refrigerators with a large selection of colors including those seen above. So if you're looking to sing the praises of the Union Jack or want a refrigerator to match that pink Razr you just picked up, perhaps you've just found something that's chillin’ enough. Source: [Gizmodo]
High-end Latino Furnishings
South Bronx furniture manufacturing and design company Caoba Colección de Muebles creates high-end furnishings with a Latino flair. Run by two Dominican brothers passionate about interior design and la cultura, the company creates coffee tables, chairs, lamps, sofas, dressers and ottomans priced from $700 to $1,400. All pieces have Latino names derived from the brothers’ relatives, friends and others: the Serrano Dresser, the Manrique Ottoman. Customers include Starwood Hotels, the East Hampton Golf Club and the British Embassy in Washington, DC. Visionary Latinos are turning their passions into businesses that break new ground in industries that traditionally have lacked Latino-owned companies. Source: [Iconoculture]
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Alavi’s latest project is indeed likely to inspire a myriad of ideas from creatives all over the world when they see how he had an aerial view of the Sacramento River woven into a carpet for the floor of a pedestrian bridge connecting the Sacramento International Airport terminal to the parking garage. a “flying carpet”. When we first saw the remarkable work of Iranian artist Seyed Alavi we were transfixed in that he offers perspectives we’d not seen before and for each person. ceilings and now to have digitally imaged carpet created. We now have the ability to put any image on a wall (via digitally printed wallpaper). giving us complete artistic control of interior design like never before. curtains.The Flying Carpet Digital imaging offers the ability to create fantastic images and use them in new ways by creating spaces to transform perceptions and indeed create whole new environments. It is indeed. Source: [Gizmag] . those perspectives were different.44 - .
This independent music site uses demand-driven pricing. we have now found an interesting example in a new music site called Amie Street. such as organic or paid search. so any marketing efforts. but openly encourage musicians to mobilize their fan bases to use the site and buy the tracks.45 - . The site. where the community dictates the pricing of the tracks. Source: [Influx Insights] . The difference is that they are able to do so with others in real-time. Though there are features specific to the site that e-tailers can take advantage of — which we'll cover after we explain how the site works — most online shop owners won't have to do a thing to be included in the Buddy Shopping service. That's because consumers are searching online the way they regularly do. Source: [E-commerce Guide] Demand and Supply Influx has written in the past about variable pricing models and how these might one day become a key component of business. dubbed a "social netshopping" service by CEO Todd Kelly. The site encourages community members of recommend and find music and gives back 70% of the proceeds to artists after the first $5 in sales. social networking.Buddy Shop A new e-commerce site called Buddy Shopping that lets consumers peruse products online simultaneously with friends launched today with the promise to offer a viable new channel for Web shop owners. instant messaging and the sharing of merchandise. will still lead them to you. combines e-commerce. All tracks start out at zero and can rise to 98 cents depending on sales. Amie Street have some smart technology that prevents artificial inflation.
You see. build customer loyalty. Source: [SiteKreator] Extraordinary Etsy Click. Web site information can be tiered through multiple content layers by adding members-only areas and registration forms to encourage visitors to share key information in exchange for access to deeper layers of meaningful content. SiteKreator is a fully-hosted online application that eliminates the need to download.0 ready. geekery. Scroll. a new. install. It’s easy and cheap to post any creation (craft supplies. they’ll be employing multiuser shopping. customers would either hire a designer or agency. You get to see each other’s cursors move across the page as you search and click. like. e-mail. Click. the beautifully designed Etsy utilizes technology that lets you search not just by category or top sellers but also by color (just click any of the virtual swatches) and geography (you can finally find out what’s being made in Scottsbluff. edibles).46 - . Source: [DailyCandy] . without the high price tag or forcing a “generic” design. the site offers indie designers the space to showcase and sell their handmade work (kind of like an eBay for crafty types). Which is why we are stoked to introduce you to Etsy.) Later this month. But it’s even easier and more fun to shop. Discuss/fight over finds without a phone. Click. which allows you to you invite friends to browse along with you in real time. and discussion forums. enabling businesses to easily implement interactive features. interactive. and totally awesome website that challenges the norms of online shopping. shopping online is. or use software to help build their sites. or IM. and effective Web sites. or upgrade software. You can even look at stuff via time machine or in 3-D (explore for yourself. such as blogs.0 Websites SiteKreator was designed to help businesses accelerate brand recognition. vintage gear. Web forms. Run by a group of computer whiz kids. Prior to SK Business Edition. Nebraska). totally wild! Or — not so much.Instant Web 2. use generic tools for site design and/or blogging. clothing. SiteKreator is Web 2. Unlike Google Pages and other do-it-yourself site design tools. SiteKreator pulls together the best of the Web’s most important features and capabilities. Scroll. experimental. Whoa. and increase sales by giving them a one-stop solution to easily create stylish. Scroll. to engage visitors and convert them into repeat customers.
However. Everyday information for being a more conscientious consumer resonates with people who don't have time. Ideal Bite recognizes that people don't turn green overnight. In this case. The pen. well. a series of fun and enrichment workshops for kids. This is done by using the pen as a basic writing tool. creativity. Tap the paper with the ink end and it tells you the instructions to follow. The paper is. and presto -." Like the Lazy Environmentalist radio show and other down-to-earth approaches. Source: [Iconoculture] Cool-Riculum Eighty-nine percent of parents believe that it is important for their child to be involved in hands-on activities outside of the classroom. draw the numbers zero through 9 plus the appropriate symbols. . located in SoHo and Scarsdale. Source: [The StarPhoenix] Green Info DailyCandy with content that's totally green? That would be Ideal Bite. To underline the point. and independent thinking. but also as a computer-generated teacher. is also a talking computer. It is also a great way for kids and parents to participate in group activities and socialize with friends. energy or money to do the research themselves. The Scholastic Store. a daily publishing website with an eco-friendly hue that intends to be "a good source of advice for real people leading busy lives.47 - . This comes with grade-specific words for the user. has created Cool-riculum. they do it one shade at a time. We'll pick a selection of words.or paper. almost magic. Cool-riculum was designed to provide children with enrichment in their daily skills such as literacy. Get this. use the Fly Pen and write them on the paper provided. Way cool! The creators of this product have made interactive teaching fun. let's talk about the Spelling module. this is no simple pen -. we're looking at the Grade 4 level. To help parents meet these needs. slightly larger than an ordinary Bic.a calculator. Take the Fly Pen. This is the same company that brought us the Leapster hand-held gaming and learning tool.Fly PenTop Education The Fly PenTop Computer is the latest LeapFrog Enterprises product for 8 -13 year-olds.
which often stereotypes and excludes them.Video Production On Youtube Entrepreneurial young South Florida Latinos post their creative homemade videos on YouTube. An occasional taxi or bus motors down a boulevard as people wander aimlessly among eerily vacant buildings.48 - .com. black helicopters loom overhead and armed soldiers close ranks on the streets below. has filmed seven improvised shorts. The next step: write a script and improve production techniques. Soon. Four Awesome Guys Studios. The Internet provides a forum for talented Latino filmmakers and actors with no money or connections in Hollywood. Four Latino twentysomething friends starred in a video they produced on the cheap called “Cuban Churro Salesmen. . The friends’ company.” a comedy which became YouTube’s second-most-watched comedy video within 24 hours of its appearance on the website. Source: [Iconoculture] Game of Faith The streets of New York have never looked so barren.
while the losing . Source: [Iconoculture] Mobile Music Studio If music truly is the universal language. The fragrant feature will make its big-screen debut at showings of Terrence Malick’s The New World. Through Cingular's Mobile Music Studio. Think of these sites as the localized. The top five shows then become the “prime time” lineup. they believe the faithbased theme is important. Here’s how it works: anyone can submit a TV show pilot (up to five minutes long). these unsigned artists will first be guided through the licensing and production process led by InfoSpace. Together with InfoSpace Inc. viral video equivalents to American Idol. though the game has an element of violence that some Christians argue is counter to teachings of the Bible. Cingular's Mobile Music Studio will help these artists generate even more exposure and excitement for their music. Currently. Two major viral video portals you may not know of yet are Channel 101 and Channel 102. then millions of music hopefuls are sure to be talking about the new Cingular Mobile Music Studio available exclusively on MySpace.This isn't your run-of-the-mill video game: Left Behind: Eternal Forces is based on the best-selling Left Behind book series about the apocalypse. Cingular's Mobile Music Studio is a first-of-its-kind platform that offers hundreds of thousands of unsigned artists and bands on MySpace the tools needed to turn their self-produced music into ringtones. As the leading lifestyle portal and social networking community. Joy of New Love and Grief of Separation. The Fragrance Communication system uses NTT Communications' seat-mounted machines to release preprogrammed aromas. located on a dedicated page on MySpace.49 - . The game's creators say they hope to wriggle into the multibillion-dollar mainstream video game market by offering a real-time strategy option for serious gamers. and viewers can vote on which shows to renew and which shows to cancel. But it's the apocalypse without dismemberment or graphic bloodshed. MySpace has more than one million bands and artists using the site to connect and engage with fans.com] Viral Videos You may have heard about YouTube and the viral video craze that’s become one of the hottest Internet trends since the birth of social networking sites. the Mobile Music Studio is being trialed by approximately 75 unsigned MySpace bands and artists. Announced at CTIA Wireless IT & Entertainment 2006. a retelling of the love affair between John Smith and Pocahontas. . too. a long-time Cingular partner and a leading provider of mobile content. The film's "fragrance schedule" of custom scents includes Grandeur of Nature. The Mobile Music Studio is just one more example of Cingular's leadership in the convergence of wireless and music. Source: [USATODAY] Scene-synchronized Scents Watch and sniff? Specially equipped Japanese movie theaters are enhancing the cinematic experience with scene-synchronized scents. Every month the shows are screened for live audiences in Los Angeles (Channel 101) and New York (Channel 102). Source: [Playfuls. Yet.
Beginning in mid-2006. if you love to play for hours at-a-stretch then don’t worry! The mat is made of rip-stop fabric cover and the wipeable nylon used in the mat allows you to clean it properly too! Source: [CoolBuzz] Out-of-Home Digital ActiveMaps Inc: Founded in 2003. Source: [TrendCentral] Safe TV TiVo is going even more consumer-happy by offering TiVo KidZone. TV. DVD Player. a 25 watt subwoofer. the special service isn’t priced as an add-on. the top form-fitting layer is molded to support your neck and back for maximum comfort and no aching. At the next month’s viewing.50 - . Xbox. While KidZone could be a gouging opportunity. The bottom layer elevates you off the ground. AMI developed a proprietary application that delivers real-time media over cellular networks. it will be part of the general TiVo package. AMI began its mission to improve out-of-home digital networks by offering relevant and entertaining media in high-traffic commercial environments. Source: [Iconoculture] Mat for Total Gaming If you are a gaming-geek then this Entertainment System Sound Mat is all what you could have asked for! Now you don’t need to be grounded for hours for you can now lie down comfortably even while you play! The Pyramat mat is loaded with hi-tech like it includes two 4″ 25 watt coaxial speakers. And. but touchy about lewd language? Or just can’t stand the Wiggles? Set your preferences. a “safe” place where kiddies can connect only with programming that meets parental approval.shows are cancelled forever. TiVo’s offering isn’t just a nobrainer blocking service. KidZone automatically filters TV content based on families’ personal values. the prime time shows test new episodes against a new selection of pilots. Gamecube. With experience in software development and technology management. and so on. Soft on cartoon violence in general. detachable remote. . and TiVo keeps the offensive out. pockets for your remote or your cell-phone and between the pockets is a variety of A/V ports so you can connect everything from your Playstation 2. The mat features dual-layer cushions for maximum comfort. or Stereo.
. lifestyle. Source: [KIOSK] Net Videos TV Dirty secret or not. This week. is installing fully automated Redbox DVD rental machines in over 100 restaurants throughout Denver. and unique customer experiences in its restaurants. this quick service restaurant leader has gone kiosk crazy. creating new shows around video clips culled from the Web. deploys. It could be likened to a digital-age version of the old bloopers TV shows. the Web has long been a platform for downloading and watching pirated clips of television shows like "Lost" and "The Simpsons. and Yahoo! stock quotes.com. In short. giving customers another great reason to visit The Golden Arches. AMI's out-of-home channel provides real time Sig-Alert and Clear Channel traffic. But now TV producers are turning the tables. including parodies of the gay-cowboy movie "Brokeback Mountain" and clips of President George Bush's many verbal faux pas. E! Entertainment news." much to the chagrin of the television networks. plus tax.and return the same movies at any participating McDonald's Denver location. In Denver. McDonald's. and manages out-of-home digital networks. satisfying. increase in-store revenue through point of purchase strategies. long recognized for successfully bringing together the elements of food. McDonald's is the first quick service restaurant to offer new DVD movie rentals to consumers. entertain your customers.with no membership forms and no late fees ." a show featuring the most popular video shorts circulating the Net. AMI's content driven network remains focused on delivering educational. it began airing a new half-hour series called "Outrageous and Contagious: Viral Video. MSNBC breaking news. the company is experimenting with quick service ordering (QSO) kiosks at locations around the globe.AMI develops. The latest new DVD releases are added to the Redbox DVD rental machines every Tuesday.] Redbox DVD In late May McDonald's unveiled plans to bring a taste of Hollywood to Denver by offering new release DVD movie rentals for just one dollar per night. plus tax . customers can visit the Redbox DVD machines at participating McDonald's and rent the newest DVD movies releases for just $1. extending its legacy of introducing new and innovative ways to create relevant. AMI's digital solution provides an opportunity to aesthetically upgrade commercial environments. live surf reports by Surfline. Source: [ActiveMaps Inc. and entertainment.00 per night. Bravo TV is among the pioneers of the genre.51 - . ESPN sports. At the same time. and incorporate internal training vehicles. generate new revenue through advertising. informative and entertaining media for consumers throughout their day.
ceilings. Source: [TRENDWATCHING. 36 percent of people building new homes want a media room. Special plug ins can be downloaded into the D. these panels are designed to interact with club goers moves as well as D. Source: [CNet] LED Illuminated Illuminated dance floors are nothing new.52 - . bar tops and Lionel Ritchie's favorite place to dance. International expansion sounds like a no-brainer. the problem was that dancers flared hot pants would cover the floor panels and kill the effect. And ABC News Digital plans to enhance its television news program by drawing on video captured by viewers using cellular phones.USA Networks.J's sets. flares or not.400) on their systems. tell you exactly what to buy] and make it all work together [i. Source: [The Cool Hunter] Easy Home Cinemas US-based Magnolia. The panels are not restricted to work only on dance floors and can be fitted to walls. Now. come to your house and hook it all up]".250/GBP 2. a division of BestBuy.12541. There are currently 70 Magnolia store-in-stores in BestBuys across the US. In the seventies they where all the rage. this time in LED form. Using the latest in pressure sensitive LED technology. the illuminated dance floor is back.COM] . targeting a massive market: according to the National Association of Home Builders.e. Fox and NBC are producing similar programming in the coming months.000 (EUR 4.840-28.e. is turning the art of installing home theatres (from reclining seats and huge screens to sophisticated sound systems) into a branded.Js computer equipment allowing an entire set to be pre programmed where the music and lights work together. with the majority spending USD 5.000-55. nation-wide business: "Magnolia is the new service that will customize your home theater [i.
Portraits of the artist by schoolchildren are being exhibited and sold in stores to benefit local arts programs. even actual cans of Campbell Soup at $12 each. the imminent Edie Sedgwick movie. dead artists are at the centre of a major holiday campaign and a luxury designer product launch. MAC cosmetics serves up burlesque glamour girl Dita von Teese at a swank dinner at Art Basel Miami. complete with a printed text explanation on the inside of the shirt. featuring t-shirts with designs that are accompanied by an explanation of the meaning behind the design." said Simon Doonan. COTAM (Clothing of the American Mind) was one of the first labels to jump on this trend. It was the perfect year for us to have a Happy Warhol-iday. Source: [TrendCentral] . LA-based Acrylick aims to make fashion “with a positive message”. the luxury conglomerate with Vuitton and Dior in its stable. shopping bags. Each design is based on a current news item. "Everybody wants to be cool and groovy and there is this nagging feeling that nobody was more cool and groovy than Andy. "Everyone has been talking Warhol -. 6% Cotton” tees feature unique. Swedish subscription-based t-shirt label T-post’s “94% News. descriptive graphics. And suddenly. we’re seeing an increase in the number of clothing labels that go beyond aesthetics to make a statement. Barneys New York launched the ultimate art meets fashion marketing blitz working with the Warhol Foundation on Pop Art windows. a special pair of Levi's. The mutual admiration between art and fashion is turning into a full-on love fest." Source: [The Hamilton Spectator] Fashionable Message While fashion has always been used as a form of self expression. the store's creative director. For the holidays.Happy Warholiday LVMH.two documentaries. by using quirky graphics and text to convey strong political and social beliefs. will build a contemporary art museum in Paris.53 - . keeping people informed and fashionable at the same time. skyrocketing auction prices.
cuts. Source: [Popgadget] Best Fit Jeans There are more fits. By mixing fluorophors with an appropriate catalyst a chemical reaction occurs that produces the byproduct of light. A 2 oz tube is $11. and the illumination shampoos right out. Essentially. especially since sizes vary dramatically from one brand to the other. and dance! If you really want to maximize your potential glow for a short outing then heat up the gel with a hairdryer after application. Source: [TrendCentral] . wearing Voltage gel is the same as cracking open a raver glow stick and pouring the contents over your locks. run through hair. The heat will make the gel burn much brighter. No bulbs or batteries are necessary to create the glow. Zafu analyzes multiple pieces of fit information (no measuring involved) from the user to identify the “best fitting” brand and style of jeans from a bank of over 200 styles and 70 brands. but it won't last nearly as long. No jeans are sold on the site. websites have been created to analyze personal fit information to identify the “best fitting” brand and item for their particular body shape. and should be enough for a couple of people to use for highlights.54 - . add the powder (catalyst) to the gel (fluorophor suspension). but users can click through to purchase from other online stores. In an effort to aid consumers.Chemoluminescent Hair Gel Voltage iGlow is a sulf illuminating hair gel. Directions are to open the container. and styles out there than the average shopper can keep track of.
goldfish. but foremost women who believe in making statements. The store predicts that that a full-scale loincloth boom is eminent. A boom in the sale of loincloths has been seen since last spring. Angela’s jewelry translates into chic and unique creations . Nicole Ritchie. Source: [Mainichi Interactive] Flower Rings Designed with the fun. Angela is inspired by secret gardens the world over with all omondieu! rings handmade in Europe. “There is a hint of romantic. a reflection of lifestyle. and yes.55 - . it has emerged. It’s a reflection of the self and. to loincloths that come with matching T-shirts. It has prepared an abundant range of products for customers. With the hot summer months ahead. omondieu!’s saucy line of floral jewelry has been making waves with the style set since its inception in 2004. the loincloths may add a new twist to the "Cool-biz" trend of dressing down to cool off. and they're suited for Japan's humid summers. bold and daring femininity in our lines.000 loincloths -roughly 25 times the normal number it sells.and everywhere in between. omondieu! has generated major buzz from Hollywood to Berlin .Loincloths Loincloths are being marketed by the Mitsukoshi department store in Tokyo's Ginza district as a feature product for the summer months ahead. Bringing with her a Canadian sense of natural beauty and relaxed style. a touch of being free. colour and passion that life offers in mind. more so. and in just half a year the department store has sold about 5.” says founder and lead designer Angela Gwinner. Source: [TrendHunter Magazine] .” As a Canadian currently residing in Germany. and Elisabeth Hasselbeck of The View. and fireworks. “We are designers. from sleek designs featuring dots. "They're unconstrained and have got good ventilation. Worn by such celebrities as Lenny Kravitz." a department store official said.from elegant silk poppies in pink and red affixed to rings to wild dahlia brooches.
skirts.56 - . Horrific images. and wallets to help soothe anxiety. all. Source: [DailyCandy] . Each piece is made with soft fabrics and round pads to provide cushioning around vital organs like the stomach and heart.Mother-to-be Brides Traditional elegant white bridal dress for mother-to-be makes pregnant bride feel beautiful on her special day. A Pea in the Pod. And sometimes we feel defenseless against things like war. There are also purses. shoulder bags. and tops are designed to protect wearers both physically and emotionally. champagne cocktails. and Rebecca Turbow’s Safe clothes. Mimi Maternity and Motherhood Maternity celebrate mothers-to-be at every stage. And now it’s all available online. Turbow uses the same soothing hues favored for hospital scrubs. there are coping mechanisms: little blue pills. and people who wear socks with sandals. bad world can be a very scary place. Eschewing all colors but teal and white. Turbow’s playful collection of durable dresses. and guys can turn to her monochromatic tees for a little extra security. Source: [Yenra] Safe and Secure The big. Women today are living their lives on their own terms. disease. shorts. offering stunning wedding gowns for pregnant brides. Thankfully.
plain and green tea (although I've heard no one ever gets the green tea). Paris Hilton (and Tinkerbell). in-transit consumption is designed with one purpose – saving time. Be on the lookout for new stores in Chelsea. Prices range from $24. garlic-y Korean meal. the yogurt is tangy like real yogurt and not overly sweet like normal frozen yogurt. Especially delicious after a salty. founder of Muzz Buzz. etc. Source: [Cool Hunting] Premium Water Bling H2O has a limited edition bottle available in two sizes. cookie crumbs. Available in only two flavors. that’s right for a bottle of water. Australian company Muzz Buzz has capitalised on the realisation that people want their coffee to be quick. convenient and satisfying. it’s the many toppings—fresh fruit. VMA’s and BET Awards and has been sampled by Jamie Foxx.00 to $40. that are frosted and have genuine Swarovski crystals that spell out the water’s name. At Muzz Buzz. the Upper East Side and Soho. “Bling H2O is to bottled water what Rolls Royce is to automobiles.57 - . Craig Muzeroll.00. Source: [GUSH] Drive Thru Coffee No other substance screams WAKE UP as effortlessly as coffee. Bling is a stand-alone beverage as well as the perfect compliment to your favorite cocktail. nuts. repro pendant lights by Poul Christiansen. a premium product with premium packaging that merits a premium price.Pinkberry If you haven’t heard about the wonders of Pinkberry. just to name a few. The space is modernly decorated with Philippe Starck's crystal-clear Charles Ghost stools and Victoria Ghost chairs and wavy. Mariah Carey and Shaquille O’Neal.” (Baller Status)It has been featured at the Grammy’s. all consumers need to do is drive thru. identified a gap in the Australian market and decided he wanted to give Australians a reason for getting out of bed in . crunchy sugary cereal. After all.—that elevate the frozen treat into a personalized dessert. it's neither a new fragrance nor a nasty skin condition but rather a frozen yogurt phenomena that's already taken over LA and recently opened their first NYC location in Koreatown.
Source: [Iconoculture] . a growing franchise drive-thru coffee chain which offers quality coffee at a reasonable price and convenient (high traffic flow) locations. Secured ice cubes are made with purified water. "Children can thus pour spring water over Ice Kids fruit ice cubes and enjoy the same tastes as their favorite juices without consuming extra sugar". guaranteed free of things that can ruin a tropical vacation (E. Source: [Iconoculture] Food Text Services Think of Mobo as curbside takeout for urban dwellers. hepatitis) or an expensive single-malt Scotch (minerals). According to the website.. participating eateries include Subway. The service – short for "mobile order" – enables Manhattanites to order and pay for food ahead of time.the morning. and consumers expect businesses to keep up. Here's how it works: Hungry citizens use their cellphones (or a computer) to text an order to a restaurant from a selected list and pay with a linked credit card. Some consumers might find the benefits of high-priced ice debatable at best..) Source: [Springwise] Fruity Ice Cubes Ice Kids are secured ice cubes. lemon and strawberry. That reason became Muzz Buzz. colored with natural fruit extracts like blueberry. Quiznos and a few independent salad and sushi joints. Want the usual? Frequent Mobo users can save their "faves" for speedier service. coli. Premium coffee beans and unique Muzz Buzz flavours tempt consumers' tastebuds and since inception the Muzz Buzz menu has expanded to include convenient-to-eat-while-driving food. Hyper lives demand maximization of all the gadgetry at our fingertips. But the addition of natural fruit flavoring lends a healthy twist that may justify the cost for some parents. "Fast food" doesn't mean the same thing it did even five years ago. (Let’s just hope the government doesn’t ban drivers from eating and drinking while driving.58 - . The restaurant sends a text message when the order is ready and has a special Mobo counter for pickup. So far.
“But I’m a purist who prefers the puckery taste of Cocktail Kick all by itself. chef Didier Durand of Cyrano's Bistrot will serve a $5 prix fixe canine menu to his patrons' pets. Ed Sweet. and other fruits and is used in sodas and candy.59 - .” Sweet’s Brand Cocktail Kick consists of 100% citric acid crystals. and is as safe as it is sour. Princess. “Some people like to create a rimming mixture by combining Cocktail Kick with sugar or salt. Source: [Cocktail Kick] Canine Cafe If the Chicago City Council passes an ordinance letting dogs dine alongside their owners at outdoor cafés. tart. Arizona-based Sweet’s Brand. martinis. bloody marys. Anyone who favors drinks with lemon.” Sweet’s Brand Cocktail Kick can be mixed into drinks and used to rim the glass.Cocktail Kick The next big thing to hit the Cocktail Kingdom is a retro-modern shaker full of fun from Phoenix. Inc. and more. and other fruit flavors will find my Cocktail Kick a terrific enhancement. Citric acid comes from lemons.” says Mr. limes.” says company founder and CEO. “I like a good margarita and whiskey sour. Source: [Iconoculture] Straws with Flavours . naturellement. Possible dishes include ostrich pâté and bone marrow gateau – and a ceramic bowl full of mineral water. tangy taste to adult beverages like margaritas. lime. “But they’ve never been sour enough for me…Until now. Chef Durand has spent months testing the canine menu on his poodle. mojitos. Sweet. The company is proud to introduce Cocktail Kick — a new product that adds an extra puckery.
and apples and bananas are conveniently packaged by nature. A special filter at each end of the straw keeps the beads in but allows milk to be sucked through. "If people take the time to cook beans and put it on toast. 1 apple. Source: [Springwise] . gradually dissolve and flavour each mouthful of milk. Pricing seems a bit steep at USD 5. The beads.99. Heinz has devised a frozen baked bean sandwich which simply needs to be heated in a toaster. Packaging was originally developed in Japan for Nasa. This innovative flavouring straw won Best New Retail Product at the Sydney tradeshow as well. why shouldn't we cut the process for them and give them beans on toast?" he said. The technology is being developed by Heinz researchers in New Zealand. retro is in. for example. help is on the way. which are made of tapioca starch. and the product is currently only available in (parts) of the United States. packing the puree of multiple fruits into portable pouches. E4B ("Easy for Busy") steps up to the challenge. half a banana.60 - . sometimes consumers favour something even easier. And we weren't the only ones. Source: [GRAB YOUR FORK] Beans in Toast The Daily Telegraph: FOR those who find baked beans on toast just too messy to put together. but presented as snacks. Source: [The Daily Telegraph] Mangos and Apples for Busy People Although nothing beats fresh fruit. Heinz chief Bill Johnson said the company needed to give people "new ways to use beans". The straws are unique in its use of tiny flavoured beads entrapped within the straw. and the pouch's seven layers make for a shelf-life of a year. not drinks. contains 2 mangos. E4B's mango flavour.Does anyone remember wax straws? And how there was a fleeting fad of coating the insides with chocolate syrup so it would flavour your milk as you sucked? The chocolate flavour never lasted very long (and I always ended up destroying my straw in the process) but as we all know. and no artificial additives. and technology is rampant! Enter the Sipahh: easily the most exciting product we saw at the Fine Food Show last week. The products are slurpable.
and the field's leader. with more variety. Entrepreneurs across the US have started their own dinner assembly stores. Because it uses flash freezing instead of the standard slow churning method. allowing customers to create any combination they like.61 - . Business is booming for a reason: the meal assembly concept offers time-starved consumers an innovative and convenient way to provide their families with nutritious. assembling a meal at each station by scooping ingredients into freezer bags or disposable baking pans. Meals are easily customized to accommodate personal tastes or diets. Customers move around the store. tasty. it's removed from the menu and an order is automatically placed for a refill. . home-cooked meals. healthier options and at a lower cost than take-out or frozen supermarket meals. picking meals from a monthly menu. Source: [Springwise] Ice Cream on Demand Banana ice cream with peanut butter cups mixed in? Not a problem for MooBella. all of the dinner assembly companies offer essentially the same service: customers schedule a session online. Dream Dinners. Though they vary in style.Meal Assembly The concept has exploded in the past year. If the machine runs out of a flavour. the packaged meals are clearly labeled with cooking instructions. has expanded from 49 locations. Finally. a high-tech vending machine that makes ice cream to order in 45 seconds. MooBella can produce ice cream on demand from room temperature ingredients. The front of the machine features a touch-screen display showing a menu of flavours and mix-ins.
introduced new "Crispy Lettuce Wraps". lime. Loblaws Inc.99 (A$4. a Canadian brand of food products. . but still crispy. Because so many carb-conscious people are using lettuce leaves in lieu of hamburger buns. Source: [SBS.Raised in Massachusetts. decided to sell lettuce leaves designed expressly for this purpose. For example. Source: [Yenra] Novelty Fruit A green and red-striped tomato is the latest "designer" food set to hit the supermarket shelves in Britain. Source: [Strange New Products] Multi Cola Ipifini's Programmable Liquid Container technology employs buttons on the container's surface that release additives (flavors. Called the tiger tomato. colors. 7UP. MooBella is decidedly high-tech. it has magenta-coloured flesh and is slightly sweeter than standard varieties. and cherry flavors as well as a caffeine button allows for thirty-two potential choices of soda. The tomatoes were grown in Lancashire and the Isle of Wight. M&S is also launching an even sweeter-tasting variety called the "strawmato" which it says goes well with melted chocolate. a programmable cola bottle with buttons for lemon. Additive buttons allow for the consumer to choose variations of the liquid in the container at the point of consumption. has unveiled its curvaceous new packaging Curvy. Tiger tomatoes cost STG1. Not only does its onboard computer run on Linux. which owns the President's Choice brand.80) for 275g. Source: [Springwise] Crispy Lettuce Wraps President's Choice. leaves of hybrid lettuce for the purpose of making low-carb bread-free burgers.62 - . fragrances) into the liquid. A programmable paint container with twenty pigment additive buttons allows the consumer to choose from one million colors.. They claim it's a versatile cross between Romaine and Iceberg lettuce flexible enough for folding. sourced from PA] 7UP Curvy Clear lime brand of PepsiCo India. Promoting the new packaging is 7UP's popular brand mascot Fido Dido in company with Bollywood siren Mallika Sherawat. vanilla. the machine also communicates wirelessly through satellite technology to provide company headquarters with inventory and sales data. said Marks & Spencer. The cherry-sized fruit was created in response to increased demand for novelty produce.
A unique. India executive marketing director Punita Lal. Schwartz said the federal government told him that he cannot claim the beer is good for drinkers and can't list vitamins on the labels because it would be an implied health claim. including PimpJuice. Stampede beer is enhanced with B vitamin. Source: [Indiantelevision. according to the report. energy drink sales grew to US$3. "Stampede is the first Vitamin-enhanced beer. making it the fastest growing portion of the nonalcoholic beverage market. "We are pleased to present the new 7UP 'Curvy' bottle which spells style. according to creator Lawrence Schwartz. Source: [Local6. up 75% from US$2 billion. U.” Given the sagging libidos of hundreds of millions of baby boomers.63 - . folic acid and other essential vitamins. according to a Local 6 News report. Dozens of energy drink brands have hit store shelves since Red Bull was introduced to the U. according to Beverage Digest. We are positive that the cool new 7UP 'Curvy' bottle will enhance consumer connect with the youth"." Schwartz said.Says Pepsi Foods Pvt Ltd. which Nelly promises will “make you party all night just like a pimp. Austria’s energy drink Turn On. Source: [Ubercool] Vitamin Beer A brewer in Dallas has created a beer that promises to be better for you because it is filled with vitamins. packaging solution with stylish contours.com] Energy Drink In 2005. that's how the beer maker is setting his beer from the rest of the brands. However.3 billion. Schwartz said Stampede tastes just like regular beer but with a kick. market in 2001. a native Chinese herb that has for centuries been used for its aphrodisiac effects.S. containing Schizandra. the energy drink market topped US$5 billion in 2004. Globally.com] . should find ready appeal. aesthetics & differentiation. 7UP Curvy is unlike anything we have seen so far in India.S.
Offered in both Wintercreme and Mintcreme flavors. is a drug. try an oatmeal raisin. flip-top pack. along with an ad campaign that satirizes its own brand. Them. So you can cop a fix any time you need it. chocolate chip. Invented by an Alaskan police officer in need of a wake-up aid (polar bear-on-polar bear crime is apparently way down). Suggested retail price is 69 cents for 37 mints. meanwhile. To them we say. The large quantities of caffeine. But things are about to turn around. the balm contains skin-softening ingredients that heal your lips in even the coldest weather and comes in tasty flavors like vanilla toffee and cool mint. Still. We’ll just be over here enjoying our Easy Cheese and Slim Jims. And then there are those with allergies who do it because they have no choice. One you can be very. To which we reply: So call us Pete Doherty and pass the biscotti. “Consumers told us that they were looking for an innovative and exciting way to enjoy the Doublemint brand that they grew up with. best of luck. Doublemint Twins mints packaging comes with the familiar blue and green Doublemint arrows and come in a convenient. and gum . or nuts. senior marketing director for Wrigley. chocolates. are absorbed quickly and effortlessly through your lips. Or take a goody bag filled with kettle corn.Wrigley's First New Product In Nearly A Century Known throughout the ad world for its iconic “Doublemint Twins” ads. thanks to Divvies. Wrigley’s Doublemint Twins mints feature two flavors in one mint.64 - . For an afternoon refreshment." stated Paul Chibe. the Doublemint brand today debuted its first new product in nearly a century. jawbreakers. Source: [DailyCandy] No Fear of Allergies There are those who do the whole nondairy/nonanimal product thing by choice. the late-night runs to your dealer for double espressos have gotten a little out of hand. the lip balm formulated with copious amounts of caffeine. very addicted to. or molasses cookie. we feel for — that sucks. What you need instead is SpazzStick. The company’s treats are made without dairy. as many a sanctimonious health freak has informed us. eggs. Source: [BRANDWEEK] Caffeine SpazzStick Caffeine.
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Source: [The VanCouver courier] Organic matters Mothers of Organic – otherwise known as M. exposés. fresh shellfish feast on a whim. happier kids and steer clear of pesticides. and pollutants. who says busy schedules and the lack of an official Canadian holiday make it challenging for people to find time to prepare the dishes they need to celebrate in style. Nutritionists. Multimedia downloads.O. and celebrity activists (like Raffi!) regularly contribute advice. if for no other reason than its well-stocked live seafood tanks. Asian vegetables.O. preservatives. Walk into any T&T right now and you'll be greeted by a blaze of red and gold. "Think restaurant food at supermarket prices. which offer up an affordable." jokes T&T's Melina Hung. Source: [Iconoculture] . barbecued meats to go and baked treats. The Hired Belly is a big fan of T&T. no muss-these well-executed dishes offer the perfect chance to put on your own Chinese New Year's celebration at home. The all-natural network was created by farmer-owned food label Organic Valley. of course. takeout Chinese New Year's menu. wellness experts.66 - .Chinese New Year Takeout T&T Supermarket is celebrating the arrival of the Year of the Dog in style this month. from aisles of staples and specialties to frozen dim sum. Organic has moved out of the specialty aisles of our grocery stores and now pop off almost every shelf. There's more. organic chefs. The maternal healthnuts share info and inspiration about how to raise healthier. – is an online beehive of proorganic moms. and fun activity suggestions help wellnessminded moms instill the organic spirit (and healthy eating habits) in their kids. educational tools. and personal experiences. as the stores gear up to celebrate Chinese New Year-which this year includes a more polished offering of T&T's popular table-ready. Whether you're a self-confessed kitchen klutz or a seasoned dabbler in Chinese cuisine-no fuss.
a new customizable backpack that features integrated iPod controls.R.67 - . The coolest feature is the online customization feature -. The trick. the Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI) has designed one for you. Source: [Popgadget] Play iPod from Backpack Nike has introduced the C. The special outfit is decorated with wearable personal computing devices. check out the Nicostopper from Fagor.Nicostopper If smoking de-addiction is one of your new year resolutions AND you are serious about it. Once the ciggies are in. Well.pick your color and even chose options such as locking zippers and a ventilated back. No more digging for that iPod. The backpack’s keypad. tracks and play/pause. the Flexible OLED suit.E. if you quiet liked the idea then you dont have to go on looking for a Bond-tailor to get one. lies in sticking to the device alone to dispense your cigarettes. And we're hoping that the $300 you would have to shell out for it might be a good enough incentive. and connects to iPods via a dock connector. how about walking down the street wearing all of them in a special outfit. like a discerning grandmother. the Nicostopper will also flash “self-help” messages each time to make you feel guilty as well. binders and all the gear you need for your day. The Nicostopper is an electronic cigarette dispenser in which you can fit a maximum of 10 cigarettes at a time. Not only will you be allowed to take the cigarettes out only at the pre-defined intervals. Source: [Popgadet] Wearable Computing Devices If you want to be always equipped with your favorite personal computing devices all-the-time without carrying any external baggage then. Source: [BornRich] .O. you program the intervals at which you would like to take a smoke. of course. Backpack iD. Dual main compartments are roomy enough for books. located on the right shoulder strap. has controls for volume. but.
Though for guarding purpose dogs are the best options over cats.USB Feline It's Kitty's world. But this USB Kitty begs to differ! It’s a watch-cat for your computer. I’m still a fan of regular books. Source: [Gush magazine] Keep Cool The Chosun Ilbo lists some unique products whose fun concepts and designs can help you cool down the last hot summer days.68 - . Source: [Gizmodiva] iPod Stories PlayAway Books are like little iPods that contain books such as John Grisham’s “The Broker” and Dan Brown’s “The Da Vinci Code”. They come with ear buds and a lanyard to wear around your neck so people can still see what you’re reading or in this case listening to. but these would be good for traveling. hiss and sing melodies in order to scare away the intruders. folks. When you walk away from your computer and there somebody wants to touch your PC. you need to leave your chair for answering nature’s call or whatever else. But at such times. children or spouses make the best of it and try to peek into what you have been unto. We just live in it. Source: [Digital Chosunilbo] . The canines are alert and scary (at least when needed) as opposed to the felines who are sluggish and gullible all the time. When you’re working on PC. it will meow. The summer's biggest hit is a small and handily designed USB fan that needs no external power when connected to a desktop of laptop.
that folds up into a 4-in. For cautious travelers. GPS. teardrop. cellphones and even digital cameras.-by-2-in. an interesting new line of headbands for women by designer Steffi Thomas. on the spot. bulky plugs. Well no more dear reader.” this headband helps you dress it up by functioning as a headband-cumheadphones-cum-headset. Source: [Iconoculture] Easy Power Strip As we all know. Road warriors running low on juice can open up Solio's three solar panels. The headset is optional and so are Dangles.69 - . which can be attached to the bottom of the headband to look like earrings. a degree of self-sufficiency around important gadgets creates feelings of security and empowerment. jogging or otherwise. designed by Chul Min Kang and Sung Hun Lim. at least not if the 2006 IDEA award winning design concept from the kids over at Brooklyn's Platt Institute is taken from art to part anytime soon. These boys come in all sizes and shapes resulting in at least one or two unusable sockets due to overlap. Whew! Seems like a pretty ingenious idea and the product itself looks too adorable to resist. The E-rope. and portable. the biggest problem with conventional power strips are the unconventional plugs with whom the ol' girl mates. is a modular power strip which can be twisted about to better accommodate cable gore with large. simple and universal tools that keep them going are key to making consumers feel prepared. Worried about . Taking toys on the road is becoming an essential part of travel. Featured on the ZDNet review “Wild for women’s gadgets. it generally seems like a hard task to look stylish and wear headphones at the same time. a solar-powered battery charger for iPods. and charge up their electronic gadgets with a small connector cord.Headband + Headphones + Headset For most of us who use headphones while commuting. which fan out like a clover. But what if you could do both? Take a look at Swapsets. Source: [Popgadget] Power On The Go Fun in the sun gets a jolt of power with Solio.
anywhere. chocolate chip or French vanilla? Ice cream. They did this by either stimulating them or suppressing them. The hand-held migraine zapper is a gadget which produces short but strong. which comes with three insulated stainless steel canisters and a book of recipes. low-frequency magnetic pulses that suppress the spread of a migraine. Source: [JS Online] Caffine innovation The Milan furniture fair contest focused on how the coffee rituals will evolve in the future.vampire devices quietly leaching power off the mains? No problem. The second prize winner is an interesting concept of InCar coffee machine featured here that is . The card enables you to access your favorite coffee anytime. and vision etc. Source: [Coolest Gadgets] Triple Scoop It's summertime.99 to $89.make three at once. Can't agree on an ice cream flavor? No problem . . No stirring is needed with this automatic machine. but I have had a couple of occasions when I’ve had the most unbearable headaches and sensitivity to bright lights. memory. The first prize winner is the “Nespresso Card” that is a personal chipcard. which holds coffee preferences for registered individuals. eh? E-rope [Engadget] Migraine Zapper I’m fortunate enough not to suffer with migraines. while you're down there you could just unplug the damn thing but that's just an inconvenient truth. Strawberry. researchers found that they could map the different parts of the brain that deal with (or are somehow associated with) language. just give the socket section a 90-degree twist to strangle-off the current. Using the technique of transcranial magnetic stimulation or TMS. A see-through cover with feeder hole lets you keep an eye on the treats and easily add mix-ins such as nuts or candies. Of course. manufacturers keep churning out delicious new ways to feed these seasonal cravings. frozen yogurt or sorbet? Make all three in just 20 minutes with the new Triple Scoop gourmet ice cream and frozen treat maker from Euro-Pro. and I can only imagine what it must be like to suffer continuously with migraine headaches. way too hot to be easy. . applying different TMS signals to different parts of the brain. The device is a spin-off of neuroscientific studies attempting to identify functions of different parts of the brain.99. Available at national retailers and Web sites for $59. Fortunately. and the livin' is . isn’t well understood at this time.70 - . though exactly how.
For instance. a new hygiene line that includes a Topical Anesthetic Gel. So. Kolorz contains Sucralose®.71 - . the antioxidants in fruits like pomegranates and cranberries are supposed to reduce wrinkles and improve skin. coffee and chocolate are helping spagoers stay young and beautiful. The list included everything from a coffee-grounds body wrap to a massage using warm golf balls. the unusual is becoming so usual at the spas that Scottsdale's Convention and Visitor's Bureau took notice and compiled a list of some of the more exotic resort spa treatments. I am just seeing everything that you can possibly eat in a spa treatment. Care has been taken to assure that these products contain no controversial sweeteners such as aspartame or saccharin. chief executive of Arizona Spa Girls. They are both common ingredients in facials and body scrubs. And local spagoers are eating it up." said Lisa Kasanicky. now you can have as many cups of hot coffee as you wish even when you are driving! Source: [Bornrich] Facials Good Enough to Eat It's the newest trend among Scottsdale spas pureed perishables used to attract upscale clientele. To develop this new product. "Probably the hottest food right now is pomegranate. Pomegranate is the new green tea for spa treatments because of all the antioxidants. The gadget fits conveniently into the centre console of a car and can also double as an armrest when you aren’t using it to make lattes. noncaloric . Zenith went to gourmet food industry experts to develop products with a superior taste and smell. "Right now. "People are looking for more exotic and different types of treatments. Source: [East Valley Tribune] Dental Hygiene Zenith Dental introduces Kolorz. vice president of communications for the Scottsdale Convention and Visitors Bureau.designed by Thijs van Cuyk and Lavrans Laading of the Netherlands." said Laura McMurchie. and Foam and Gel Fluoride." she said. spending up to $240 for a single treatment. it's probably better if you just ate it. "But honestly. But others say it's mostly hype. a local spa directory Web Site. a safe. "Spa is becoming more and more of an everyday thing in people’s health and wellness routine. Prophylaxis Paste." Regardless." Kasanicky said. Spa owners say newly discovered healing benefits in foods like caviar.
Their site describes. a UK company.72 - . Be sure to try this one. Order from your dealer or go to www. Both of these are safe for diabetics. the rain. “We all know how frustrating the British weather can be. wind and even the heat can cause perfectly styled hair to ‘frizz’ and ruin the best night or day out. so for those occasions when sleek and sexy turns to shock and horror. a natural sweetener found in fruits and berries.com for more information. we have the solution. and Xylitol. bars and gyms.zenithdental. In order to prevent allergic reactions in patients with Celiac disease. the Straight Up machine is now available in clubs. You will be very impressed with the taste and smell of the variety of popular flavors. Source: [Dental Economics] Straight Up Hairstyling Machine Beautiful Vending. has released a hair straightener vending machine.” Source: [Trendhunter] Mobile Dentist .sweetener. all Kolorz products are gluten-free. The saviour of bad hair days has arrived.
rays taken before scheduled dental work." said Taube. a manufacturer of cosmetics and skin care products. Down on the Strip. extended its line of "ingestible skin care" products with its new "Chocolate Clarifying Bar". which pay up to 80 percent of the costs of most dentistry. The powder contains a cultivated bio-vitamin complex which helps the skin regenerate its natural support system. "If you know Las Vegas traffic these days. she approached a trailer. What will you tell your kids now? Source: [Strange New Products] Slimming Toothpaste Hungry? Go brush your teeth. Egan had popped in to have X.A.Site Dental NV.73 - . On-Site Dental owns two trailers. Source: [Iconoculture] . but an entrepreneur. each fitted with two dental offices in which dentists and hygienists see about 1.T. entered. sat in airconditioned comfort. The mobile units are owned by On. a Las Vegas company founded seven years ago by Chris Davenport. Beverly Egan. After a short distance. Most of the patients are employees covered by the casinos' dental insurance plans. multitasking products give them greater hope of keeping up. are two toothpastes that claim to curb hunger cravings with herbal formulas that signal the brain that the body has eaten." she said. She. White Glo Crave Away and F. After 20 minutes.S. who is not a dentist. Consumers hot on the trail of a thinner body are happy to try new therapies that don’t involve eating less or exercising more. now you can eat too much chocolate to take them off. she was back at work. Whiter teeth and a thinner body to go with it? As beauty buffs raise the bar on what they see in the mirror. The zit-zapping confection contains Borba's "Skin Balance Clarifying AquaLess Crystalline Powder" to remove toxins and improve skin clarity. too. who trains employees in the huge casino's slot machine operations. mobility and the American reverence for saving time. This visit took only 30 minutes.Samantha Taube stepped out of the MGM Grand hotel and casino into the bright sun to walk to the parking lot. "I'd have to take three hours at least if I had to drive to an office. you know what a benefit this is.000 patients every Monday through Saturday in the parking lots of 11 casinos in Las Vegas. If it was eating too much chocolate that put zits on your face. a poker dealer at the Stardust Resort and Casino. in another mobile dental office decorated in pale blue amid menacing power drills and X-ray equipment. sat in a dentist's chair and had her teeth cleaned. Source: [IHT] Ingestible Skin Care Borba. His company's basic service combines technology. appreciated the convenience.
To be ethical. the hunt is on for alternatives.) The course worked with MIT Dental. (Results of the design competition come out soon. Heart diseases are treated with Western drugs in combination with Chinese herbal medicine.toothbrushes? And not just any toothbrush. and with the real expert themselves. For instance. and x-ray has been used to check whether there was accurate bone union. Entries include a brush that dispenses a sticker every time you brush well.74 - . and the results are encouraging." Instructor Barry Kudrowitz's Toy Product Design course created protypes of kid-friendly toothbrushes and toothpaste dispensers to get kids excited about dental hygiene. However.. Some significant results have already been achieved. Tough job. magnetic Batman Batcave to hold dental supplies. unglamorous and look and smell as if it was made of sand and sawdust. 2nd graders at a local academy.Toothbrush Tech Leave it to the folks at MIT to develop hightech. in cancer therapy. .. but "toothbrush toys promoting good dental hygiene.. consider these findings from an MIT survey: "Toothbrush beats out car and computer as the invention Americans can't live without. for instance. a product had to be worthy.com] New Medical Trend in China Chinese biomedical scientists are now developing a new approach to medicine by combining traditional Chinese medicine and Western biomedical science. i.e. and a even gravitydefying. Ancient theories such as Fu Chen Pei Ben (to strengthen the patient's vitality) are applied. to stimulate the patient's appetite and to improve his general condition with herbs while being treated with Western anti-cancer remedies. in treating fractures the traditional dexterity in coaxing broken ends of bones into alignment has been successfully adopted. huh? They actually came up with some really cool stuff. Hasbro toys. the Chinese admit that this process has only just begun." Source: [Gearlog.. This is the current medical trend in China. it seemed.. Source: [Entrez PubMed] Ethical Beauty For those dismayed by Anita Roddick’s “sell-out” to L’Oreal and who have sworn never to darken the Body Shop’s doorstep again. Before you dismiss the significance of toothbrush technology. a toothbrush that lets you mix up your own flavors. There was a time when “ethical beauty” was a bit of an oxymoron.
Web. where it’s stored for later retrieval by e-mail. the tongue cleaner is a new design of an age-old product that provides many oral and general-health benefits.Things have changed radically (due in part to the dramatic rise of the Body Shop in the Eighties) and there are now many ranges suiting all sorts of budgets offering good quality. They believe they're setting a new standard in oral care. Consumers also can opt to have measurements transmitted continuously. Source: [News & Star] VeriFresh The first thing most people probably feel like doing after talking with Theodore Welt and Jonathan Weisberg is brushing their teeth and cleaning their tongues. are very persuasive and descriptive when talking about their line of futuristic products including tongue cleaners. quite the contrary. Source: [Iconoculture] . Crunching the numbers trumps doing crunches. gum massagers and flossers. which provides a solution for the 200 million Americans who suffer from a range of oral problems ranging from bad breath to periodontal-disease-causing bacteria. or fax. monitors vital signs with a wireless wrist-top device that measures everything from body temperature and blood pressure to oxygen saturation and onelead EKG. It's not because they're disgusting or anything. Patients activate the WristClinic at preset times. "Wherever there are toothbrushes. as he takes the VeriFresh tongue cleaner out of his briefcase to demonstrate. Source: [Israel21c] Wrist-top Clinic WristClinic. Globetrotting executives and other busy consumers who need to keep tabs on their vital signs feel more secure leaving home with a mobile wrist-top clinic." Welt states emphatically like a mouth care evangelist. Today’s health-conscious consumers are as concerned with monitoring their stats as they are about long-term physical fitness. there's also going to be a tongue cleaner. effective and even luxurious products and most are available in a health food shop. salon or chemist near you.75 - . using icons on the LCD menu to transmit data to a telemedicine call center or an automated Web-based databank. According to Welt. made by Ireland’s Telcomed. It's just that the two founders of Israeli company VeriFresh Ltd.
. has remained stuck in its longstanding "look but don't touch" tradition. but only with the hovering attention of a sales person whose commission is driven by pushing a specific brand.Powerpuff Make-up Artists Women have always treated the ladies like a no man’s land. “I really like your top. Instead of department store-type cosmetics counters that force shoppers to interact with a salesperson to sample a product. Powderpuff’s girl-in-chief. it is remarkable that cosmetics merchandising in the U.” Given our ability to turn a lavatory into a private boudoir of chat and beauty.76 - . Spotting a void in the marketplace. with a love of retro style. the pigment in a Nars blusher. eyeliners and blushes made by many different manufacturers. playing on that 1950s style. a place where the barriers and bitchiness of womanhood come down and two strangers will bond over the texture of a Stila lip gloss. you can hire in this crack team of professional make-up artists in sexy but prim Agent Provocateur-inspired uniforms.” she says. you ’ll get women coming in who want a whole adventurous change to their look.” Reynolds is a ballet dancer-turned-make-up artist. when women looked immaculate. if radical. who will preen your lady guests with a VIP hair and make-up session — and they do it all in the loos.S.S. She says the Powderpuff Girls offer more than just a useful hair and make-up service: it’s a whole aesthetic. or a simple. though. drug stores sell cosmetics in sealed-plastic packaging that require shoppers to buy things like lipstick without a chance to try it on. “At late-night parties. it’s a wonder that nobody thought of the Powderpuff Girls sooner. concept. Alternatively. at weddings. mid-evening." Source: [The Sunday Times] Radical Cosmetics For products as individual and personal as the look of your face. It created a retail environment that invited customers to roam the store and try on different lipsticks. On one hand. For £400. Katie Reynolds. says that. with a simple. Three years ago Europe's leading retail beauty chain moved into the U. Both approaches leave something to be desired. department stores allow more hands-on access. “I love Lulu Guinness’s look. they tend to be booked for the start of the reception so guests can have their make-up touched up before the next stage in a long day. “We’re coming from the same place. Sephora has staked out the middle ground.
it can mean safer medicating and better health for forgetful patients. he used only deionized. packaging and bottle design. using cellphone tech to alert patients (or their caregivers) when a prescribed dose is missed. and if the bottle’s opened too early or too late. Gucci. a revolutionary water filter for your shower—and the closest you can get to showering with pure spring water short of a trip to the Rockies. minimalist displays entice shoppers with sumptuous product colors.77 - . So when Antin created his Jonathan Product hair care line. Without the pressure of a salesperson eager to close a sale and move on to the next customer. SIMpill notifies the patient via text message on their cell. Christian Dior. Now. “The biggest comment we get about the shower filter is how much softer it makes your skin and hair. This breakthrough water filtration system removes these damaging elements. Dr. cotton swabs. According to Antin and his team of researchers. heavy metals.05). tap water is loaded with chlorine. If the pill’s taken at the appointed time. because “people get message fatigue” Source: [Iconoculture] . Antin has taken water purification to the next level with the introduction of his Beauty Water™ Shower Purification System. If there’s no response. tissues. there’s no warning – a better system than constant alarms.Sephora is organized around freestanding racks that feature such chic brands as Bulgari.” says Antin. Prices usually out of sight in department stores are prominently marked.25. shoppers feel free to spend an hour or more trying out different colors and different brands until they arrive at the exact ones they like. Source: [Sephora. and other harsh chemicals that dry out the hair. Strategically placed mirrors. Lancome and Calvin Klein. Time for a pill? The SIMpill bottle takes the guesswork out of medicine schedules. rendering hair soft. Pharmacists program pill-popping times into the dispenser. shiny. strip the skin and hair of natural protective oils and prematurely fade hair color. astringent and makeup remover encourage sampling. Source: [BusinessWeek] Pure H2O Antin has long required his model and actor clients to shower with bottled spring water the night before a photo shoot so their strands are in top condition for the next day—and free of what Antin says are the dulling and drying effects of tap water. says SIMpill’s inventor. Sephora's open. and all the more manageable. David Green. an alert hits the phone of a family member or other designated caregiver (Business Day 1. purified water to offset the dulling minerals found in tap water.com] Alarm Pills As technology lets us monitor more aspects of our lives.
78 - .Garden Offices For everyone who'd like to escape office politics and the daily commute. but the Miana was specifically designed to be used as an office. iscape manufactures and sells purpose-built garden offices. Design conscious lawn commuters might be more interested in the company's bespoke service. which creates garden offices to a customer's exact wishes. Source: [Springwise] Washroom Fun . The buildings are designed to fall within UK permitted development rights. Every garden office comes complete with integral electrics and includes sockets and lighting. with all stages of the project undertaken and co-ordinated in-house. Both are multi-use outdoor living spaces. so in most cases buyers don't need planning permission.
was doodling on a napkin while rehabbing from a heart attack when he came up with the concept for a tilted soup bowl. The suspended plants derive their nutrients from the air. herbs and the like in your kitchen (or just about anywhere indoors) by suspending plant roots in the air.000 in revenues from the bowls this year. Linda. allowing the user to easily spoon from it without tilting it forward.95 and the seed kits are $19. To the naked eye. The bowls are manufactured by Warren Specialty Molding in Chicago. you can just flush it away. We featured AeroGrow's aeroponics system back in the day. “if you make a mistake noone need know. AeroGrow also offers seed kits to go with the garden. Why read the newspaper during your washroom visit. Jacobs and his wife. and are marketed and distributed by Glori Beee's Kidz Corp. said Willie Jacobs. greens. whose parents want to avoid spills. said Linda Jacobs. now find their product listed in one of the largest professional rehabilitation catalogs in the country and on the shelves at local Walgreens stores. Source: [Chicago Sun-Times] Aerogrow Here's a little something for burgeoning urban gardeners and those without green thumbs alike. a 69-year-old retired machinist. Skeptical? They even guarantee a harvest after 28 days.79 - . with a patent and mold in his possession and a manufacturer under contract." for seniors and the disabled. Seven years later. rather than soil or water. the garden goes for $149. "It's a useful product. microwaveable and dishwasher-safe product looks like an ordinary bowl. Glori Beee's is on track to generate $250. the company claims accelerated growth and increased yields over hydroponics and traditional outdoor gardening. when you can challenge your brain with Sudoku. including things like chili peppers. It's also marketed for young children. Source: [Treehugger] . cherry tomatoes and strawberries. with the help of the "smart" lighting and nutrient-cycling that comes with the garden. the colorful. the couple's upstart company. The bowl is angled in the bottom.95. we're happy to say that it has finally arrived. Sudoku has jumped the shark.. who adds that his grandchildren love them.It’s official. before it was available for sale. As the site puts it. gourmet herbs. available through their website and selected retailers like Sur La Table.” Source: [Uber-Review] Tilted Soup Bowls Willie Jacobs. With it comes your ability to grow vegetables. adding that she hopes to hit $1 million next year. The bowl is designed for the disabled and seniors with unsteady hands who have difficulty spooning food from regular bowls.
this seat is made of resiliant transparent polypropylene. the vinyl curtains were created to bring a little something extra to your time in la toilette. red or clear. The shape of the stunning seating system is inspired by a molecular structure. here. Focus. Inspired by a passion for photography and art. Its large. Choose blue. your lounge or your trade-fair booth the finishing touch. Spine-tingling. Namely. if your tastes run a little more abstract. We’re talking about a shower. Source: [Topdeq] Emotional Seats Want more furniture like the mood light furniture that changes colors as per your mood. Rome. or Venice. or Christopher Makos — whom Andy Warhol once crowned the most modern photographer in America. hang a limited-edition piece from the likes of Patrick McMullan.80 - . Source: [DailyCandy] Maxi Mambo Maxi seat pleasure. Just like our popular Mambo stool. Mind out of the gutter. Hot and steamy. So much so that it takes you to a place far.Shower Curtains You like it hot. The molecular structure allows the chair to create multiple positions that you can’t even think off! Source: [BornRich] . The feel seating system is made of 120 soft balls covered with elastic fabric. Or. maxi design fun: The Maxi Mambo gives your reception area. really. then I bet you will be completely mesmerized with the Animi Causa’s “Feel Seating System” which can change its form according to the emotional state of the body! The Feel gathers all positions in one object. round seat is attached to a silver-painted steel base. please. Faile. Step behind a romantic cityscape of Paris. a shower behind an Izola shower curtain. far away.
au] . while the two fully adjustable wire basked shelves ensure maximum efficiency of space is achieved.com. creator of the high-end Devine Color brand of interior house paints. Her approach to the product illustrates why Schauffler has transformed in a few years from stayat-home suburban mom to a businesswoman whose products have national reach. plans to expand her $10 million annual business by introducing a line of custom window coverings she calls corsets: valances that hug the top of window frames and transform into full-length draperies by zipping on skirts of different hues and textures. predicting this corset will liberate women who tell her they have few good choices beyond lower-end. To get a precise fit. using the unique design of a side opening in which the shelves slide from behind the attached. she hired an apparel company to shape the window treatments — making the corset moniker more than just a marketing ploy. fixed mirror.Devine Color Schauffler. All parts are high moisture resistant.com] New Bathroom Cabinet The latest product to be rolled out in the Rifco product line is the Metro line of cabinets." Schauffler says. Source: [USATODAY. The sides of the cabinet are available in gloss. The advantage of this is that the mirror reflection is retained while the user accesses anything from within the cabinet. while bevelled mirrors are a stylish option. unlined window panels and fussy fabric-store treatments that don't convey the modern look they crave.81 - . Source: [infolink. "We decided to tailor the window with color.
Guise. The main draw for me is the comfort of being able to get a good haircut (*cough* and manicure) and not have to worry about looking to prissy in front of your female counterparts. In the front of this swank establishment is numerous barber chairs each featuring their very own plasma television. Source: [Babygadget] SkyVentureArizona . Source: [Josh Spears] Ready Daddy As a young father. The Daddy's Tool Bag does all these things. as well as a video that gives good step-by-step instructions on things such as bottles. but that doesn't mean that we remain bumbling for the rest of our lives. manly look. Does it take us a touch longer to pick up some skills when it comes to child-rearing? Sure. but the shopping at Guise is not too shabby either. shop and enjoy a cocktail? Well for you Chicagoans. and that he did. located on Halsted in Lincoln Park. and other baby skills. car seats. is the creation of Brad Habansky who was looking to create a one-stop shop where men felt comfortable. and includes all the pockets and flaps you'd expect from a good diaper bag.82 - . and also keep us better organized without making us feel like idiots. and at $45 is also affordable. this might just be your lucky day. a shave. diapering. I always enjoy when I come across products that are made for fathers.One Stop Cut Would you believe me if I were to tell you there was a place where one could get a haircut. The real value comes from the included vinyl changing mat. I hate the stereotype you often see on television and commercials of the bumbling dad. The bag has a nice.
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but luxe mattresses and decorator themes befitting not a doghouse. Even though it has a different Card number.900 for this bed. as it usually is with cool products. We don’t think many people would buy a bed that’s worth more than their cars. is the price. an electronic leveling system. you can activate the TV that rises out of the foot of the bed like a display-screen in some James Bond villain’s hideout. The Butterfly card works interchangeably with your traditional American Express® Gold Card. but it should be large enough since it’s so close to you.85 - . Also built into the bed. The only downside.AMEX has introduced the the new Butterfly card. Source: [PORTALINO] Pampered Doggies Would you make any much-loved family member sleep on the floor on a lumpy pillow? That’s the logic driving a new generation of high-end dog beds that feature not only frames. it’s linked to your regular Card account with all the same benefits and services. but . Source: [American Express] Luxury Bed + TV What could be better than watching TV in bed? How about watching TV in bed on a TV that’s built into the bed? Using a wireless remote. $25. It is a stylish new companion exclusively for American Express® Gold Card members. The TV is only 22”.
Paris & Madrid. Gutter Water and Toilet Water. according to Don Magier. UK. and can also help maintain consistent energy levels and production of collagen. with a good night’s sleep on the radar for human health. believe that one of the best things you can do for your dog's health is also one of the easiest -. entire floors." He says it is a tasty alternative to pills and chalky powders. and conveniently packaged in colorful. "Dogs are raving that it's REBARKABLY REFRESHING!" Magier says. we're committed to producing the highest quality product we possibly can for dogs to enjoy. Inc. The clever concept sees different artists and designers commissioned to fit out each room. with hotels in Denmark.. flavored bottled water specifically formulated for dogs has been introduced under the titles of Puddle Water. The Original K9 Vita Water can be enjoyed in four of the flavors dogs enjoy most: chicken.the room of a pampered child. Source: [The Cool Hunter] Drinks for Dogs Vitamin fortified. We use only purified water. It’s fun and definitely not for the minimal-lovin faint hearted. CEO.86 - . human grade vitamins and no artificial colors. which can make you feel as though you’ve stepped into a fantastical abstract painting.provide sufficient hydration and essential nutrients with The Original K9 Vita Water. The latest hotel to join in the trend is the Reflections hotel in Bangkok. B. The founders of K9 Water Co. or check with your local pet store.” Then again. It is available at http://www.k9waterco. Magier calls it "a delicious treat that can help maintain healthy skin and coat. liver and lamb. . "Each variety is specifically formulated to provide your dog with essential vitamins that contribute to overall good health while providing the hydration that dogs need. recyclable bottles. Inc. 1/2 liter. Each of the 30 rooms has been created by a different designer or artist in everything from stylish deco style right through to crazy kitsch. The Original K9 Vita Water(tm) is fortified with vitamins such as A. beef. From the Asian-themed Saigon Day Bed Frame ($300) and Pampered Puppy’s “Furari” dog bed ($250) to SSS Petcare’s wrought-iron frame ($127-$163) and pillow-topped mattress ($250-$420). or in the case of the Madrid hotel. Our formula is the result of tests conducted by an independent veterinary nutritionist to ensure daily consumption levels are safe and accurate. Hose Water." says Magier. "As animal lovers and pooch parents ourselves. C and manganese. Berlin.com. there’s nothing about these canine crash pads that says “dog’s life. The idea is to give guests a completely different experience to the guest next door. K9 Water Co. how could Fido’s sweet dreams be far behind? Source: Iconoculture Art Hotels The trend in hotels with themed rooms seems to be spreading like a rash." says Magier.
com Wind Workout Windjector from Dosho Design uses air resistance to provide a cardio workout. . You can choose the speed it rotates. Source: Petgadgets. explore petgadgets. and strengthening of the core muscles. and muscular strength systems. Windjector provides training for the cardiovascular. UltraSonik and HyperSonik. just like any other home.the RotatingHome allows you to see your entire view from all the major rooms in your home! If you prefer to enjoy your view in the open air. The faster you move. For more innovative and high tech pet products. The twentynine core muscles are crucial for improving athletic performance as well as for performing everyday activities.87 - . No longer will you need to decide which rooms will have a great view and which rooms will have minimal view or no view at all . a rotating deck can surround the entire circumference or just part of your home. trendy and troubled teenagers. we recommend a variable speed from one revolution in 30 minutes to one revolution in 24 hours. and the trusted family pets Woofer and Tweeter. Source: [Yenra] Homes That Rotate Perfect for entertaining and personal enjoyment a RotatingHome may be just right for you. This is all made possible by the truly unique and patented SWIVEL at the heart of the home. the more resistance you encounter. agility.000 in the other or stop in any position while always being connected to all utilities. The whole family of toys contains an ultrasonic squeaker that emits sound in a range above the hearing of humans but just right for playful dogs! Introduce your dog to the silent but spunky Sonik toy family: Proud parents SubSonik and SuperSonik. stretching. A RotatingHome can be built in any size or shape with all or part of the home turning and it can have any number of stories with one or all rotating. muscular endurance. The structure can turn a 100 times in one direction or a 1. Windjector use of air resistance allows each individual to work out at his own pace. and mobility. respiratory.com.Source: [K9 Water Co] Silent Squeak The Soniks have arrived to revolutionize the squeaky dog toy forever with their exclusive "Silent Squeak" technology only dogs can hear. and the harder you work out. This workout helps improve flexibility.
squaring up to imaginary balls and swinging imaginary racquets. instructor Kevin McClure starts me and four other participants with warm-up footwork moves followed by a repeating drill in which we hustle from one spot to another.A rotating home is perfect for an upscale beach house or large mountain cabin or even in areas prone to storm surges! Steep mountain terrain is not a problem as the RotatingHome can be built up on a central steel column. run. The workout runs participants around the court urgently enough to keep their heart rates in the cardio-training zone (65 to 85 percent of maximum heart rate) while helping improve tennis skills. even social. Entertaining. I showed up to give it a try. stop. the game is more stop than go. the uniqueness and technology are unprecedented! Source: [RotatingHome.com] The AeroPress Coffee Machine You’d think we would have already perfected the best way to produce a cup of coffee from coffee beans. but several years of research by Stanford University mechanical engineering lecturer Alan Adler (the inventor of the Aerobie flying disk which holds the world throwing record of more than a quarter mile) appear to have found a better coffee machine. But not a heart-rate booster. richest. It's billed as similar to an interval workout. With only one fully Rotating Home that meets 21st century building codes currently in existence. purest and fastest cup of coffee (under 30 seconds) you’re likely to find and the bonus is that the AeroPress costs just US$30.com] Vacation Homes . whack ball into net. Cardio Tennis. Independent reviews suggest the new Aerobie AeroPress delivers the smoothest. For others. No unforced errors! Source: [WashingtonPost. re-return(!). competitively matched partners playing singles. a national program being offered at a variety of venues in the Washington area. culminating in a phantom overhead slam down a nonexistent opponent's throat.88 - . etc. a watch and my well-honed ability to count heart beats via my carotid artery. Armed with a racquet. Source: [Gizmag] Cardio Tennis Tennis can be a great workout if you have skilled. curse. yes. On an indoor court at Sport Fit Bowie in Bowie. hail taxi to retrieve errant shot. return. sprinkled with cuss-muttering frustration: hit. seeks to change that. stop. Hit.
So how do condo hotels differ from owning a traditional vacation apartment or condominium? First of all.or five-star amenities ranging from full-service spas and fitness centers to concierge services. as the hotel operator takes care of renting and maintaining the unit as well as managing the property’s many amenities. Trump and Rosewood. Now comes along condo hotels. Condo hotels are operated by big-brand management companies such as Hyatt.89 - . Starwood. administrative and marketing. Ritz-Carlton. But often concerns about maintaining it. with the balance going to the hotel operator. by capitalizing on the hotel's brand name. the hotel pays for most operating expenses such as housekeeping. near popular theme parks or attractions. centralized reservation system and management expertise. They are beautifully furnished condominium suites in some of the most prestigious hotels and resorts around the country. or even justifying the expense when it’s only to be used for a couple weeks of the year keep people from making the dream a reality. big league advertising. you have the option of placing it into the hotel's rental program. provides additional income.Many people dream of owning a vacation home. The properties often feature four. How are the ownership expenses split? As part of the rental agreement. They can enjoy all of the amenities of vacationing in a firstclass resort while having ownership of a real estate investment that has potential to appreciate. Hilton. or in the heart of a booming downtown. unit owners typically receive a higher level of rental income than they would from a traditional vacation home. Prices for condo hotel units range from $250. When you’re not using your condo hotel unit. Source: [Condo Hotel Center] . these are not your typical second homes. ownership is 100 percent hassle-free. They say it gives them the best of both worlds. More importantly. The condo hotel owner typically pays for real estate taxes. renting it out in the off-season. While the hotel operator doesn't guarantee the rental of the unit. a new type of vacation home ownership that provides solutions to all these problems. The rental revenue that owners receive helps defray these expenses and. Here’s what makes the condo hotel concept so appealing. business centers and fine-dining restaurants. national affiliations.000 to over $1 million for top properties. Typically they are high-rise luxury hotels located on prime land overlooking the ocean or a golf course. Sonesta. While developers primarily sell their condo hotel units as a lifestyle and vacation home alternative. insurance and capital improvements. in some cases. many buyers see merit in the condo hotel concept as an investment tool. You receive 40%-60% of the revenue your unit generates (it varies by property). Condo hotels enable you to own a luxury vacation home at a world-class resort and receive rent revenue whenever you're not using it.
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Another is playing paddleball with the thing. and no trans fats. Nike Inc. is really part of a guerrilla marketing campaign for Sony's PlayStation Portable." Source: [Yenra] Graffiti Ads The images are painted directly onto building walls in urban areas. "We took the approach of trying to demystify the business." said Neumann. came to Mount Royal to set up its sales and marketing division. In Washington's Adams Morgan neighborhood. we feel Atkins Advantage provides exactly what they are looking for: better taste and better nutrition versus the competition. Time magazine and even stodgy International Business Machines Corp. portrayed in a stylized. comic-book rendering. Miami and New York. high protein. "Our new management has streamlined operations and built a foundation for strong financial performance. What looks like artful vandalism. sales and marketing of the Montreal Alouettes. low sugar. though. enabling us to invest in the new DZP campaign which educates consumers about the nutrition advantage of our great-tasting Atkins Advantage bars and shakes. "Today's consumers are better educated about nutrition than ever before. In major cities such as San Francisco. graffiti-style. pose with a mysterious. One licks his like a lollipop. who worked in sales in the Montreal radio business for 17 years and had a brief stint in 1996 as vice-president.says Tim Thompson. cell phone maker Nokia Corp. music and movies. Sony has paid building owners to use wall space for the campaign. director of marketing for the non-profit cemetery and funeral complex. Wide-eyed kids. and the images have become a familiar sight." said Neumann. a device that can play games. minerals. used sidewalk . Source: [Marketing Magazine] Compelling Ad ANI has appointed DZP Marketing Communications to lead the strategic development and repositioning of Atkins Advantage." Thompson. It's the latest effort by a big corporation to capitalize on the hot world of street art to reach an urban market that has learned to tune out traditional advertising. hand-size gadget. DZP has designed a new national print campaign designed to articulate the Atkins Advantage: a unique nutrition advantage versus the competition: high fiber. vitamins. "DZP's insights and creative solutions have resulted in a comprehensive.91 - . are among the growing list of companies that have dabbled in street art to get their marketing messages out. integrated campaign that clearly positions Atkins Advantage nutrition bars and shakes. The trend makes some artists squeamish even as others start marketing firms or open galleries..
Advertisers use our advertising program to promote their products and services with direct targeted advertising. a cell phone aimed at gamers.chalk drawings to promote its N-Gage. cellphone users are gravitating to authors like Mika Naito. based on real citizen journalism concept.I. Marketer Media generates revenue by providing advertisers with the opportunity to deliver measurable.EU." posted free on a mobile Web site.Y. who writes romantic novels popular with women in their 20s and 30s. A different listener will take the reins every week. writing on any global issue (politics. D. Source: [BizReport. Their latest development. this is way better. We are based in Slovenia -. The motto: All that's fit to drink. fashion and trends. Source: [IHT] Liquid Mag Step into liquid. Source: [Marketer Media] Your Own Radio Station Commuters and road trippers already know that satellite radio makes gridlock more tolerable. According to Shinchosha. but our services are available to news publishers and writers worldwide. publishers in Japan want mobile subscribers to read more than simple text messages. cost-effective advertising that is based on new D2D or D2C concepts.month period in which it was serially distributed. Source: [TrendCentral] Novels for Cellphones In Japan.com] Eupinion The Eupinion (EUrope oPINION) is the innovated and unique newspaper (digital media concept software). Now. "Love*. Imbibe magazine covers everything from cocktails to wine to beer to juice to coffee to tea. Publishers like Shinchosha and Kodansha and their distribution partner have been bolstering readership for novels and comics on cellphones. If you’re still bummed that the local radio station failed to play your request for the Top 5 at 9 back in 5th grade (not that we’re bitter or anything). business. Radio invites listeners to create and host their own customized national radio show — uncensored and commercial-free. cellphones have become a tool for writing and reading e-mail messages. when it launched the product in 2003.5 million paid accesses over a six. sports etc). and Sirius is still continuing to spread their innovation wings. Another of her novels. received 14 million accesses over six months.92 - . Naito's 2004 novel "Love Link" recorded 1. As a business. The main goal is to build a community of top columnists. .
The m300 GSM cellphone watch is the first one out in the market.) But you can use Earworms to get them out — and learn quelque chose while you’re at it. There’s a really good chance they are now going to be stuck in your head all day. Fujitsu unveiled a new type of “invisible” barcode. Then. you’ll find that you’ve picked up some useful lingo. The m300 will be available worldwide in time for Christmas. the code is sent to a server where it is converted into URL data. which allows data to be embedded directly into color print photographs. and Russian are coming soon.) Portuguese. Source: [Iconoculture] Foreign Tunes DailyCandy: Q. Trappist ales and organic wines. (Sorry. which is used to . Once encoded. To use FP code. so you can pre-order yours today. A. Source: [UberPhones] The Invisible Code On September 13. Spanish. FP code consists of a series of faint yellow lines — said to be invisible to the naked eye — which are overlaid on the photograph during the printing process. called FP (Fine Picture) code. your brain probably remembered Samsung's prototype cellphone watch instead which was never released commercially.93 - . A handy guide to every imbibing opportunity will whet whistles through inspiration and empowerment. Italian. Like a catchy tune that you just can’t shake. with features that range from USB and Bluetooth connectivity to a 99 phone number book.The premiere issue of the bimonthly publication features hot chocolate and mezcal in Oaxaca. users must first download special free software to their camera-equipped phone. when the camera is used to take a picture of an encoded photograph. By July. Greek. volume two of all of the languages will be released. Source: [DailyCandy] Cellphone Watch Just in case the m300 looks familiar. Japanese. Arabic. b) Who let the dogs out? c) You oughtta know. great hotel bars around the country. a photograph can retain its original quality while serving as an “object hyperlink” to websites that users can access via mobile phone. What do the following lyrics have in common? a) I would walk 500 miles. Battery life is not too shabby with a 70 hour standby time. and French. (Chinese is offered only on CD. Earworms Musical Brain Trainers layer basic foreign words and phrases over pleasant instrumental tracks. Download 75-minute lessons in German. After listening to the songs a few times.
Ami James. Motorola has teamed up with tattoo artist extraordinaire. video and audio content can then be delivered directly to the user’s phone. Here's how it works: Interested users register for the concert ahead of time by pressing pound (#) and 106. if you're a Cingular Wireless subscriber. The clarity depends." says Anthony Macaluso. This connection goes straight to the band's mixing board. Callers then confirm that they want the service. "the sound quality is superior. you don't have to.connect the user’s mobile phone to the corresponding website.and high-end mobile phones these days. the line of products that made Motorola's mark on the map so explosive.com. If you miss the call. then hitting the send button as if they were making a call. A buck ninety-nine gets you seven minutes of Jagger & Co. When the concert is about to begin. But the call isn't to some Stones groupie holding up a phone from the bleachers. in part. Source: [BusinessWeek] Tattooed Handphones When you talk about mid. on the quality of your phone's speakers. it's tough not to mention the RAZR name. even pink. to create new versions of the RAZR that will have laser-etched images from James embedded onto the outside casing of the phone. you can dial pound 106 and tap right into the concert. Cingular is using innovative new technology that lets its customers dial a number that connects them to a live feed of the Stones rocking the Stade de France. which developed the listen-live technology Cingular is using. So. Motorola wants you to be able to customize you super sleek phone even more.94 - . they get an automated call on their mobile phone letting them know the concert is starting. That's it. With its popularity. Source: [Pink Tentacle] Mobile Concert Are you going to miss the Rolling Stones playing Paris on July 28? Well. You can also register on the Web at www.listenlivenow. the RAZR has become available in all sorts of different colors. But now. founder of Single Touch Interactive. in Paris. Text. Source: [I4U News] .
To be conducted in Atlanta homes between today and early September. TV and/or cell phone.95 - . Source: [WashingtonPost. And the company that brought the Mosquito to market -. Source: [Mobiledia] Repellent Ringtone When it came out in Britain in December. freeing them up to go about their day rather than forcing them to stay home to manage the process.is being barraged by a new market of companies wanting to sell a line of subversive ring tones. "When we brought out the teenager repellent to market. Laundry Time is built around a connected laundry solution that links a washer and dryer to a home network and sends text messages about the laundry's progress to a computer.would act as a teen repellent. Microsoft.which many adults can't hear but most young people can -. allows them to hear their cellphones ring when their parents and teachers (mostly) cannot." is part of an open collaboration involving Whirlpool Corporation.Compound Security Systems Ltd. marketing and commercial director for Compound Security. who has been fielding hundreds of calls from companies and journalists around the world since the annoying ring tone became popular. The technology lets consumers manage the laundry process from remote locations such as a grocery store or soccer game. said Simon Morris. Hewlett Packard. Now. teens are staging a worldwide rebellion: Downloading the sound. the Mosquito sound system was supposed to be the sonic equivalent of a "no loitering" sign. Panasonic and Procter & Gamble.com] Nu Mobile . called "Laundry Time. of Britain -.Laundry Time Whirlpool today began testing "smart" washing machines and dryers. we really didn't think anybody would be interested in ring tones" in the same frequency. high-pitched sound -. Its annoying. monitored and controled from computers and cell phones. or another ring tone in that same high-frequency range. The pilot project.
96 - . If you want your girlfriend to see a special secret image. by sending product codes via text message. DVDs and apparel. myNuMo could eventually become a valuable source for young music and art creatives to gain exposure. from the QR Code and the humble 2D DataMatrix to Tagit’s own proprietary Tagit. and of course.com] .com] Mobile Commerce from PayPal The move by PayPal. Members can then profit from their creations by uploading them to their own custom webpage within the site where they can then sell them by using a text-message ‘shortcode’. CUSTOMER MADE world.. or if you want to share a private video clip with your friends. The site offers users the tools to create and publish ringtones. meaning that all types of digitized codes. not producers. PayPal signed up News Corp. but in an open source. is one thing. print it out. a unit of online auctioneer eBay Inc. But that's not all: the DIY side of the business is Tagit’s KoolTag: “You can create a KoolTag for any message you want to communicate to your friends. Source: [BizReport. KoolTag is free!” Source: [Trendwatching. NBC Universal's Bravo. online community with a similar model for user-created mobile phone content. make a little cash on the side too. PayPal Mobile lets consumers instantly buy goods and services. Although it’s in the beta testing stage right now. "The promise of mobile commerce has never been stronger. videos. marks a big step in further bridging the worlds of electronic commerce and brick-and-mortar stores. such as compact discs. who have developed a universal decoding engine which runs on an open platform. Source: [TrendCentral] Tag it and Share! Codes for consumers.'s 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment. and the NBA Store for its Text to Buy service." PayPal's chief Executive Jeff Jordan said as he introduced the service in a keynote speech at the CTIA wireless show.'s MTV. wallpapers.myNuMo is a new teen-oriented. promote themselves and hopefully. Jordan cited the popularity of online payments and the prevalence of mobile phones as reasons why consumers are more open to making payments using their cellphone than eight years ago when PayPal first tried offering a mobile payment service. all you need to do is to create a KoolTag on this site. email it or just stick it on a t-shirt to attract attention. what about codes by consumers? Check out Singapore based Tagit. All that's needed is a cameraphone to capture the KoolTag which lets you see the private content. by giving consumers a pay option via telephone.Code can be decoded. Viacom Inc.
And quiet.97 - ." Outside it's a cold Karlín evening. even texting to share amorous thoughts is on the upswing. and required discussion of bills with parents. both men sound excited in their own restrained ways. is one of the first of its kind that can be installed into most cell phones. The two are working on a version that codes regular cell phone conversations as well. Šatánek is there. have devised a new program that codes text. it's warm and cozy. In fact. paranoid conspiracy theorists and others prizing their privacy have cause to thank Marian Kechlibar. messages so that no third party — police. Include parents in the picture when targeting teens to reach both decision makers. Parents aren’t pushovers. or SMS. . appropriately named SMS 007. his long hair tied in a low ponytail. wood-paneled Prague 8 headquarters of CircleTech. Teens who honestly show willingness to shoulder responsibility for actions and bills stand a better chance of winning parents’ cellular rewards. Kechlibar. Source: [Iconoculture] SMS and Date Predictive text software developer Tegic and love author John Gray offer the top-ten tips to help ensure a successful union of texting and dating in 2006. secret service. Cell-Phones-n-Plans offers teens hankering for cellphones a way to show parents they’re serious about cellular responsibilities. too. Sixty percent of those who sent text messages have sent one to tell someone they love them or miss them. Kechlibar. "Everyone has a right to their privacy. 27. even mobile phone operators — can read them. phone etiquette. "We felt that there is too much phone tapping going on in this country. and they hope to release it next summer. and his friend Jiří Šatánek. a company that creates mobile phone software. The free program includes prewritten e-mails teens can send to parents explaining that they understand cell responsibilities and a teen/parent contract stipulating things like allowed monthly minutes. 31. reclines in a mustard-colored plush armchair. but Captain Mom still exerts some control. Source: [The Prague Post Online] Cellphone Responsibility Through its Off the Hook program. polite tones.No Spying Espionage agents. It's no secret that text messaging is on the rise. Speaking in low. Teens have purchasing power. according to the first annual T9 Texting Outlook Survey." says Šatánek. while also picking up money-management skills. Their program. But inside the three-room.
Source: [Yenra] Scented Phones Your phone is reeking. it is helping to create a new industry. Japan’s Keitai KunKun smelltones release subtle (yet unmistakable) aromas like Berry and Wild Nature. There’s even a special blend for Hello Kitty. Text messages are an informal and fun way of communicating. Net effect: Projected sales of between 7 billion and 8 billion yen for the year through September from its mail-order operations. 50 percent more than in the previous year. The Tokyo-based fashion retailer operates a cellphone shopping site. keying love requires just four keystrokes (5-6-8-3) instead of eleven when tapping out letters individually. Source: [Iconoculture] Mobile Boutiques Xavel Inc. and English Tea with every ring. It is sprinkled with whimsical pictures and symbols.98 - ."Sending a text is a great way to get to know someone better and to let them know you are thinking of them. T9 predictive text software anticipates the word that a user is entering as they press a key just once for each letter. This kind of word-of-mouth advertising is not only ringing up profits for Xavel. And Valentine can be reached in only nine steps. Source: [ChannelNewsAsia. customers are in the habit of e-mailing their friends to pass on a recommendation." said Dr. Annual sales from mobile shopping are nearing 1 trillion yen in Japan. But fashion and other conventional retail ware are starting to get cyber shelf space. The smelly celly accessories are triggered by the signal of an incoming call. When they're done shopping. Curry. Downloads of screen images and ringtones continue to dominate cellphone showcases. For example. has a client base marketing gurus dream about. Gray. It means the referred customer can be making the same purchase within minutes.com] . Young women are leading the charge into mobile shopping. or text message. Keitai KunKun isn’t the only tech company following its nose: Singapore’s Nice Smell Kaori-chan Perfume Straps for cellphones emit sweet (and savory) scents like Jasmine. e-mail. not a conventional outlet. Xavel's site shows it knows who its customers are.
As pre-cursor to the product launch. provides a suite of solutions designed to simplify financial trading for traders and hedgers alike. a theater owner could allow cellphone signals before the show or during an intermission. thanks to breakthrough advances in artificial intelligence.spooztoolz.99 - .. SpoozToolz(TM). Just around the corner -. At the same time. streaming quotes. SpoozToolz(TM) and its modules. Source: [Gizmodo] Big Nano Future In 2029.com. www. NaturalNano’s idea is to completely block cellphone signals with this paint. technical analysis. the Company's flagship products. people and computers will be "intimately connected" in profound ways. sensory and cognitive abilities. It’s done by blending particles of copper that are inserted into nanotubes. add built-in trading capabilities to the popular Microsoft(R) Excel software application. charts. at 4:00 PM CST. While jamming of cellphone signals has been ruled illegal by the FCC. who spoke Feb. Inc.SpoozToolz Spooz. he predicts: improving memory. and electronic trade execution into a simple addin that becomes part of the Excel tool bar. that theater owner could still allow emergency radio communications to get through. Nanobots also will be able to make us smarter too. a publicly traded company based in Chicago. Kurzweil. Inc. nanotechnology and a soon-to-be-acquired knowledge of the human brain. Spooz will publish its e-commerce website.people will have fast Internet connections at all times in all places thanks to advances in small. mobile electronics embedded in clothing and in the . 7 at the Technology Association of Georgia's annual summit in Smyrna. a comprehensive historical database. Using this system. Spooz. but completely block them during the movie. earlier in the afternoon. author of "The Age of Spiritual Machines" and inventor of the speech-to-text synthesizer. it’s not a crime to passively prevent signals from passing through. predicts scientists by 2029 will have created "nanobots" capable of repairing the human body from within and immersing the five senses in full virtual reality environments. and then provide a radio filtering device that will allow wireless signals to pass through only when they’re appropriate. Source: [dBusinessNews] Cellphones-free Paint NaturalNano has used nanotechnology to develop a type of paint that stops cellphone signals. That's according to futurist Ray Kurzweil. announced today it will launch its flagship product.in 2009 -. which is exactly what NaturalNano’s paint does. combining a customizable interface. and then mixing and suspending these tiny particles into a can of paint.
young couples are opting for ethical “conflict free” rings. which members can contribute to any of 12 charities. Ecomiles's chief marketing officer and the managing director of Africapractice. who can distribute their contributions among the different charities however they choose.000 members. which links up with Barnes & Noble (Charts).100 - .0] . "We essentially wanted to establish a global development currency. The company now has nearly 10. UK jewelry company Cred is committed to providing a fair trade alternative for conscious couples. including the World Wildlife Fund and economic development groups such as SOS Children's Villages. as visiting a Web site will become a mobile. There is even a rumor that fashion designer Katherine Hamnett is launching an ethical engagement ring. a corporate citizenship consultancy. Source: [Business 2. Helping people make a difference For-profit Ecomiles was founded in 2004 by a South African entrepreneur named Gustav Erlank and the VC firm Madagascar Development Partners. Many brides-to-be don’t want to shatter their fantasy diamond with the reality that the diamond industry is often linked to funding civil war and child soldiers in African countries such as Angola. The miles are redeemed for dollars. Thus.environment. Members simply log on to Ecomiles's e-commerce portal. Becoming the ultimate marriage status symbol. the startup generates revenue by taking a small percentage of each transaction and selling advertising on its website. Sierra Leone. and Congo. Source: [TrendCentral] Ecomiles Airline miles are nice. Hotwire. Ecomiles even sends users regular updates to let them track the progress of their pet projects. brides are the latest consumer group to go socially conscious. Though not yet profitable. a rewards program where the points translate into charitable donations. the company only works with small scale mining communities like Oro Verde where human rights and fair labor standards are carefully monitored. eBay (Charts). virtual reality experience and "displays will be written directly on our retinas" from eyeglasses and contact lenses. "Computers will disappear. but wouldn't you feel better about splurging on a new flat-panel TV if you were helping to save endangered species? That's the idea behind Ecomiles. Ecomiles works with the United Nations Development Program to pinpoint charitable groups and projects in need of funding." says Marcus Courage. and more than 800 other sites that award ecomiles for purchases. Source: [Atlanta Business Chronicle] Ethical Rings A growing trend in the UK." he said.
101 - . Often described as “podcasting 2. it seems almost every group has a place to connect online. Islandoo: The concept behind this site is to find candidates for the UK reality TV show Shipwrecked (similar to Survivor). Source: [TrendCentral] Blog Radio Show Taking heated comment section feuds (when readers pick fights with bloggers and other readers in a blog’s comment section) even further. similar to Flickr.0.000 daily page views. The profiles that attract the most fans score an audition for the show. bloggers and podcasters now have the chance to engage in direct discourse with their devoted readers and/or listeners—this time. Veeker is a free video messaging service that enables a camera phone owner to shoot video and instantly share it with friends. And it's generating serious buzz—just two weeks after its launch. Videos are sent directly to the Veeker site." a site called BlogTalkRadio enables registered users to schedule show times and receive callers through an assigned phone number. Users of this temporary site create a profile with photo and video and can then opt to become a fan of other users. via live listener call-in segments. foregoing the more traditional broadcasting routes that required radio stations and producers. The “Veeks” or “video peeks” can also be viewed in other blogging and social networking sites that accept embed codes. the creator can opt to keep it private or to share with the Veeker community. Source: [TrendCentral] Temp Social Networks From giants MySpace and Facebook to niche sites Sneakerplay and SportsMates. the site garnered 800. where. Source: [TrendCentral] . Adding a new twist to the basic social networking platform are the following temporary sites.Veeker Video Peeks You may soon hear people saying "VM me" rather than "IM me". which utilize user profiles as a basis for stardom and give members the power to decide who they want to see on the big screen.
'What if I put a number on a sticker and put it on cars?'" Philips bounced the idea off a few friends and a few strangers in bars. He never saw her again. or export it as a photoset to Flickr. boy likes girl. Philips decided to do something about it.Drivers' Romance Philips switched from a 9-to-5 job to one as an independent consultant building intranet infrastructure for pharmaceutical companies. And last but not least. You can choose to make your scrapblog public or private. And after debt from a divorce forced him to file for bankruptcy last September.). "It was a great little talk. WW (yes. tourist secret code: OBX (Outer Banks. Source: [Philadelphia Weekly Online] Scrapblogging Scrapblog is a Flash application that allows you to create digital scrapbooks. he figured there was no better time to launch his business. you can participate in the scrapblog competition and win a digital camera. The intuitive drag and drop functionality allows you to add pictures. and share it via email and/or RSS feed. LBI (Long Beach Island). Not convinced yet? Just take a look at the scrapblog tour on the site. text. you can print it. The premise is simple. even Wildwood). She drove away. He developed FlirtingInTraffic. I didn't want to follow her and do any kind of stalker thing.C. and once it’s finished.102 - . and waits for the emails to roll in from interested potential dates encountered in traffic. burn in onto a DVD. It's the usual boy meets girl.S. "It took me about a week to put the two together. video and audio onto a background (which is also editable). Source: [Popgadget] .com." Instead of chalking up the experience to a missed opportunity and moving on. The light turned green." he says. You can also rate and post comments to other people’s scrapblogs and easily embed them onto your own blog. girl drives away and he never even gets her number story. He merged two of the biggest automotive fads of recent years: flirting (always a fan favorite) and those oval stickers from European license plates. The person puts the sticker on their car's bumper. He says eight or nine out of 10 people gave him positive feedback on the idea. and I never saw her again. adapted as U. And one warm summer day in 2004 he pulled his Mercedes up to a light in the western suburbs and began chatting with a cute girl in a Jaguar next to him. "I thought. A user signs up and gets a sticker in the mail. "And the light turned green." Philips says. N.
" . 42. Z57. managed to thrived. The website lets tennis players find other players of their own skill level. Source: [Entrepreneur. The company offers website design. sales have increased every quarter since. schedule events and read the latest tennis news. "I told myself." A year after launching. "When the internet came. The Tuckahoe High School student is trying to persuade as many as his friends as possible to sign up at MyYearbook.103 - . Becoming a member is free.and save some money." said John. Very useful for travelling players who'd like to find somewhere to play. review tennis gear.'" says Weber. connecting the tennis community online.e. Source: [Springwise] Yearbook Dot Com John Shin refuses to buy a copy of his high school yearbook. Another smart feature is a Google Maps mash-up. Z57 narrowed its marketing services to the real estate industry.com -. as do many of his classmates.com] Tennis. in their own area. and besides. pass him by. school teams or doubles. clay and grass courts. Z57 has four offices. It also lets players record scores and matches. they're like $70. e-mail marketing and personal coaching to real estate agents nationwide. like the fax and PC markets. Instead. a suburb just north of New York City. That same year. which lets members add court locations. but he repeatedly saw opportunities. "I'm confident in that. Even during the dotcom crash. I didn't want to miss out on the biggest opportunity in the history of business. They're able to exchange virtual notes.000 month. vote for the most likely to succeed and take part in other yearbook traditions. Anybody? Mesh Tennis is a new social networking site just for tennis players. too. 'I'm going to get on the front end of one of these market waves. The 15-year-old has posted a collection of school-related photos and videos. he's turning to the internet to preserve and share memories of his sophomore year. Groups can be formed for club teams. who attends school in Eastchester. using different coloured markers for hard.Real Estates Steve Weber always wanted to be part of something big. 225 employees and 2006 projected sales of $18 million. the company had its first $50. which remained privately funded and owned. I knew that was it. "I'm going to bring everyone who matters to me to MyYearbook. Today.
Source: [Wired] Sexy Online Dating Springwise: One to watch is Naughty America. photos and video. launching this summer. etc. And although they're inviting players from across the globe. Naughty America may well be the success its founders are expecting." said Rich Stoebe. why not for cars? Berkeley. If there’s one for dogs and cats. "Students continue to say they prefer print yearbooks for obvious reasons. sex. Naughty Dubai. . will anyone want to haul a laptop to the 25th class reunion? And what happens if the technology changes or something happens to the dot-com? Jostens and other yearbook companies have responded to changes in technology by offering a supplemental DVD offering student-compiled music.104 - .But skeptics wonder if the free website can ever truly replace the traditional printed chronicle of high-school memories -. there's a vibrant opportunity to set up Naughty Belgium. It's an adult (18+) massively multiplayer online dating game. which sells yearbooks. The founders. director of communications for Jostens.even for the generation that's grown up with the internet. and meeting up. or turn on their webcams for some real world 'action'. Naughty Singapore. Realworld meet-ups can be arranged for as well. California based Boompa is just that .a new web startup focused on car fanatics (and better yet. where players can create their own avatars and explore a 'sexy' world. previously worked together at CNET before starting this company. Source: [Springwise] MySpace for Cars We have social networks for just about everything these days. After all. Ethan Lance and Dave Snider. Given the huge success for anything that involves social software. it isn’t ridiculous). class rings and other scholastic memorabilia.
A new Internet site. and contact the owner and/or add him or her as a friend. While Digg.com has the copyright on the term “digg”.digg. The latest web trend that tech insiders are buzzing about is digging. vacation destinations. Source: [MutualWin] Playing with Eccky Appealing to the IM-generation. connects consumers so that they can take advantage of a wide range of referral offers. . The look and characteristics of the child are based on the unique 'DNA' of its parents. is that its readers are also the editors. and guide it through its childhood and teens. credit card companies. Which is where instant messenging comes in: as with real children. add it to their MSN buddy list.000 different answers about 3. MutualWin. retailers. the practice has really taken off with everyone from bloggers to dating sites such as www. a site composed of links to technology news articles. Source: [Springwise] Digg It Just about a year ago. other forward-thinking sites such as video sharing site Vimeo are also implementing the “dig” feature. Since then. which is essentially giving it the thumbs up. we wrote about the Internet trend of tagging. The site is extremely well designed and uses Ajax effectively throughout. "Like-minded consumers nationwide can use the site to cash in on offers extended by all kinds of businesses. Source: [TechCrunch] Winning Together Today's apartment complexes. however. well-functioning 18 year old. "It's a Mutual Win!" California entrepreneur K. www. it can engage in a conversation. Parents chat with their Eccky via MSN Messenger like they would with anyone else.Users enter information on cars they own. responding with over 45.com using tags to make searching and identification easier for users. Eccky (created by Media Republic) is a multi-player concept that allows two people to create a virtual baby.consumating. "This revolutionary Web-based listing service signals the arrival of a new type of free opportunity portal on the Internet. developed the site. gyms.net. communication is the key. Michael Bernstein. The name comes from www. Users submit articles for review and also decide which articles go on the homepage by marking them “digg it”. The parents then have 6 days (each real world day is equal to 3 Eccky years) to raise their Eccky into a happy. fulfilling the site's slogan." he adds. which is derived from a quiz the couple takes before conception. The articles with the most “diggs” go to the top of the page. Other users can tag and comment the vehicle. airlines. tax consultants and a wide variety of other businesses extend lucrative offers to encourage customers to refer friends to their business. Because Eccky is – in essence – a very fancy chatbot.105 - . The fact that just the two founders built the site in a few months is impressive.500 recognized topics. a seasoned Silicon Valley executive with a Masters in Logistics Management." Bernstein explains. What makes this site unique.com. or want to own.mutualwin.
chances are you've already heard of Xfire. Google (Research) comes to mind. positive and lacking ambiguity. a virtual world whose users are responsible for creating all content. especially by those shaken when the dotcom bubble burst. Mischief.Digging could become a popular alternative to starred or numbered rating systems. landowners and currency speculators. Source: [TrendCentral] Virtual Riches Jennifer Grinnell. But if a company really understands its customers. Grinnell's shop." Talk like that is often ridiculed. it will spread like crazy and you can monetize it later. If you're a male online gamer aged 18-34. Michigan furniture delivery dispatcher turned fashion designer in cyber space. but it also gives control to the users. the online gaming site bought by News Corp. The average user convinces five friends to join the first month. Source: [CNN Money] . Artists and designers. never imagined that she could make a living in a video game. is in Second Life.106 - . Grinnell was making more in Second Life than in her real-world job as a dispatcher. are turning the virtual environment of Second Life into a real-world profit center. But this tiny San Francisco company could be the next MySpace. The speaker in this instance was that company's CEO. or Amazon (Research). it's hard to beat such a formula. Otherwise. It's free. and Grinnell. Within a month. That's what we call a viral business model. whose avatar answers to the name Janie Marlowe. As Cassidy says. "We're a combination of a social networking and community site with a media and ad buying site. One of its great virtues as a business is that it has little value for someone unless their friends also use it. the whole thing is "monetized" with advertising. claims she earns more than four times her previous salary. Grinnell's digital clothing and "skins" allow users to change the appearance of their avatars -." says Cassidy.beyond their wildest Barbie dress-up dreams. Or Xfire. Not only is it simple. And after three months she realized she could quit her day job altogether. Now Second Life is her primary source of income. Xfire's main purpose is to make it easy to play games online with your friends. you probably haven't. Source: [Wired] Xfire CNN Money: "If you make the product cool and people love it. Grinnell isn't alone. or Hotmail.their online representations -. or more relevantly. all designed around gaming. (Research) last year for $650 million. Mike Cassidy. IGN.
My favorite kinds of Christmas lights are the really big. These plush squeakers are embroidered with the words “naughty” and “nice” on each with silver thread. though we suspect that parking might be a problem. to support canine service programs. here’s a great way to harness all that energy and travel the bike paths of your city at the same time. Also. The two plush toys come packed with holiday glee with decorative “tinsel” in a clear reusable satchel with drawstring closure. The manufacturer and inventor Mark Schuette of Oregon claims the human is in total control of the speed and direction of the dog powered scooter . Source: [Williamsport Sun-Gadget] Dog Scooter This new concept in near zero emission transportation could be just what you’re looking for. The bulbs come all sizes for all dogs and in festive red.Orbee-TUFF The minty-fresh smell of Planet Dog’s Orbee-TUFF balls may just send anyone (even the dog) into the holiday season. Hollow in the middle. Seriously though folks.107 - . They are reminders of lights my grandma and gram used to hang outside during the holidays. fat bulbs. Planet Dog is proud to help spread cheer and goodwill to dogs that serve and support their best friends. They come complete with a silver threaded base.flavored holiday toy for any type of dog who enjoys play. green and even glow-in-thedark. Who needs to wrap these. Now dog owners can bring that nostalgic look to their pup’s toy bin. A portion of every Planet Dog purchase goes directly to the Planet Dog Foundation. remember during this holiday season that Planet Dog is committed to canine philanthropy. the Treat Spot can be stuffed with favorite treats to keep your dog busy during your holiday fest. I think it’s more the shape than the smell that is special about these toys. The bulbs are made from the Orbee-Tuff award-winning material that is doggie-durable. Planet Dog’s non-profit. buoyant and bouncy. The Obree-TUFF Bulb with a Treat Spot is a minty. if you have a big dog that often takes you for a walk.
It can be re-moistened. A laminated liner keeps the dog from getting wet and the special fabric dries slowly. Source: [Dayton Daily News] . taking up to two hours. Source: [Gizmag] Cool Vest Just in time for the hot dogs of summer — the Cool Vest.108 - . Originally marketed in Japan. two colors. allowing the pet to stay cool as the water evaporates and takes away the heat. The Cool Vest comes in five sizes. the Cool Vest is now being sold in the United States to keep dogs cool in hot weather.because the dog is harnessed inside of the frame and subject to its steering (with 90 degree turns easy) and braking force. Owners soak the vest in water and it remains wet.
DealMine. the baby and toddlers’ shop.com is the only place consumers will find a one-stop shopping website that showcases how membership-based deals compare with general sales and discounts available to all consumers. the hard part is keeping track of which deal is best. 12 JCPenney. DealMine. has begun to perfume the lobbies of all its British hotels with a chemical smelling like fresh fruit. can smell its distinctive “soft” odour.com. American Airlines AAdvantage. By making our discounts and rewards search wireless. and the invigorating whiff of lemons.109 - . Customers in Mothercare. Source: [Times Online] . frequent flier programs and associations. With thousands of discounts. range from melon.com guides shoppers how to take advantage of the programs where they belong as well as learn about new programs. On the web. or checking out at their favorite store.com or http://m. Source: [DealMine. “We are all members of countless programs designed to save us money. consumers can access DealMine. AARP. meanwhile.dealmine. Visa. 800 hotel deals.dealmine.com (http://www. The smells. Free membership with DealMine.” said Scott Cherkin. AAA. Upromise and more. The Sheraton chain. pumped into shops and the foyers of hotels. “Scent branding” is widespread in America and is now arriving in Britain. Delta SkyMiles.com) on any WAP-enabled wireless phone to compare deals and put them to work. Veterans Advantage. DealMine. said to be welcoming.com enables travelers and shoppers alike to bookmark their favorite deals and save their membership numbers – all in one place.What's the Deal? Personalized comparison shopping site.com deals and much more from programs including American Express. points and cash back rewards from credit cards. 11 Target. Now when checking in at the rental car or hotel desk. we hope to make choosing the right deal much easier and more accessible.com announces the launch of its wireless application for consumers to access their membership deals on the road.com] Scent Branding The nostrils of consumers are to be assailed with a wave of artificial odours designed to lull them into parting with their money. which psychologists have found induces feelings of friendliness. CEO and Founder of DealMine.com deals. The site currently features over 100 car rental deals. miles. to figs.
Calling Get & Go Express an “unmanned c-store” might be a bit misleading. It not only doesn’t have a staff, but the goods are all stocked in machines facing outward. What’s more, it doesn’t have tobacco, alcohol, gas or lotto tickets — c-store staples. And its profit margins are even more distinct from its traditional cousin. Founder Jeff Parsons is building the chain on a simple idea. He realized removing the employees would widen margins to the point that it was feasible, even without the traditional high-margin items that require employees to verify age. And he’s augmenting his efforts with kiosk technology: deploying DVD rental kiosks and ATMs in the mix. Source: [KioskMarketplace]
Smart Shopping Cart
It looks almost like any other shopping cart, except sensors let it follow the shopper around the supermarket and slow down when needed so items can be placed in it. And it never crashes into anyone's heels. "The immediate thing that jumped to my mind was all those times as a kid when my sister would accidentally hit me with a cart," said its inventor, Gregory Garcia. "It seems like the public would really want this, since everybody shops." His cart, also known as B.O.S.S. for Battery Operated Smart Servant, was one of about 30 robots displayed last week by University of Florida students. Source: [CNN]
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Intelligent Fitting Room
Researchers from The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU)'s Institute of Textiles and Clothing have recently developed "An intelligent Simulator for Cross-selling & Up-selling using Smart Fitting Room & Smart Dressing Mirror". It is envisaged to help fashion retailers boost business volume by improving sales and customer services. This system uses the technology of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) to detect items brought into a fitting room or placed in front of a dressing mirror. When an item is picked into the fitting room or placed in front of a dressing mirror, the product ID will be immediately detected and transmitted to the system through the antennae and reader. The mix-and-match database of the system will then deliver recommendations to the customer through a touch-screen LCD monitor or projected screen. In the fitting room, if the customer is interested to pick the recommended mix-and-match items, he/she can make their choice by clicking the items shown on screen. The salesman in the shop counter will thus be informed, through the intercom system, of the additional items required by the customer inside the fitting room. Source: [SFLORG.com]
Umbrella Vending Machine
Remember Norwegian 'Paraplyselskapet AS', who came up with the world's first fully connected umbrella vending machines? Well, Springwise guess they hit a bit of a rainy spot (maybe it was their name?), as the company is basically inactive these days. So bad idea, end of story? Not really: UK-based Umbrolly has resurrected the concept, and is busy installing machines all over London. There are currently 10 of them dotted around London, with a further 10 out at the end of this month. Machines sell approximately 50 umbrellas per machine per rainfall day. They also signed a deal to place the machines exclusively across the London Underground and will have 150 units on the network by the end of 2005. International expansion is also in the works: the company is in talks with location providers in Germany, Holland and the US. Source: [Springwise]
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When wedding guests don’t put out, savvy newlyweds cash in. Retailers are toasting just-marrieds with completion sales – post-honeymoon promotions that let start-up spouses score discounts on un-purchased registry items. Staples like Bloomingdale’s, Williams-Sonoma, Crate & Barrel and Pottery Barn have all integrated completion programs or events into their pre-wedding registry services. Most post-wedding offers give newlyweds a 10% to 20% discount on unfulfilled registry items for three to six months after the ceremony. Registries help new couples pick up the picket-fence essentials – and get a head start on their new family homes. If guests don’t buy it, chances are they still need (or want) it. When it comes to registering for silver tuna items, it doesn’t hurt to ask. And if friends and family don’t bite on the big ones, enterprising newlyweds can always get a deal. Source: [Iconoculture]
Housework: bane of everybody's lives. Fact. I mean, no one actually enjoys dusting and polishing do they? So this gadget is sure to bring much happiness: RoboMop is a battery powered 8.5 centimetre dusting machine, replete with electro static pad no less. It's a strange contraption that looks as if the design team were visited by alien spacecraft shortly before receiveing their brief, and were thus inspired to create what looks like a flying saucer crossed between a hovercraft: that cleans. Any hard surface, apparently. And with 98% accuracy too. And if you're not sold already? Source: [Shiny Shiny]
Lying in his hospital room, on a mattress designed to protect his fragile skin, 13-year-old Achim Nurse poked his bandaged fingers at an orange button on what looked like a souped-up video game console. Half a second later, in a social studies class discussing the Erie Canal, a 5-foottall steel-blue robot raised its hand. "You have a question, Achim?" said the teacher. Achim is using a pair of robots — one, called "Mr. Spike," at his bedside, and its mate, "Mrs. Candy," in the classroom — to keep up with his schoolwork and his friends for the months he will be bedridden at Blythedale Children's Hospital in Valhalla, just north of New York City. The robot in the classroom, which displays a live picture of Achim, provides what its inventors call "telepresence": It gives the boy an actual presence in the classroom, recognized by teachers and
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"The robot literally is embraced by students in the classroom as though that is the medically fragile student.my favorite hack was a Unabomber postage stamp. Achim's teacher. which filters products and services based on individual needs. national director of the robot project.113 - . . their stated policy). The service is available again but I don't know what the actual image limits are (vs. and the ‘Great’ plan. where to secure them. Babyplanners offer two programs: the ‘Good’ plan. or pre-selecting and arranging birth prep or parent confidence classes. which contains all the details of the service new parents will want and need. The Post Office shut the program down. Source: [Cool Tools] Babyplanners Services As Babyplanners state on their website: “your dedicated babyplanner takes care of all aspects of life concerned with the upcoming arrival: we help you decide what you need and when you need it. create the baby’s bedroom. You can also put business logos on them. or other non-political messages. and a timeline of when they need them. A 20-stamp sheet of these makes a nice personal. Source: [AP via Yahoo!] Your Own Photostamps Vanity postage." said Andrew Summa. It can move from class to class on its four-wheel base and even stop at the lockers for a between-periods chat. This pretty-easy-to-use website will generate official US postage stamps featuring a photo or illustration of your choosing (works well with iPhoto for instance). We made some silly faces and they made stamps from them. utilitarian gift. said his other students had become used to the robot — and were treating it as if it were Achim — after just a few days.” Think sourcing the best baby carrier. Bob Langerfield. The cost is more than twice that of regular stamps (less if you buy them in bulk).classmates. and which then goes on to organize them. which is in use at six other hospitals around the country. I've seen them used for wedding/party invitations. When the service was first introduced two years ago it was abused by clever pranksters -.
000 would therefore reap the referrer a tidy sum of around GBP 4. which launched recently. well-earning new parents only increasing. to 'Say Yes & Go'. but is normally between 6 and 8 per cent. A referrer's reward depends on the starting salary of the person referred. . from the all-out 'Ticket to Paradise': get hitched and leave for a tropical destination together with your wedding guests.000. this is a great opportunity for any service-minded entrepreneur who’s been through pregnancy. Schiphol offers travellers the opportunity to get married at the airport. As a travel hub. Tokyo. Increasing numbers of consumers are mirroring travel behavior in daily life. Source: [Springwise] Referral Economy Zubka. Organisations with vacancies to fill can advertise jobs for referrers to browse through for as little as GBP 10 for a four week posting. valuing transient experiences over fixed possessions.114 - . Joining Zubka is free for both referrers and hirers. New York and Singapore to follow? Source: [Springwise] Airport Weddings New at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol: weddings to go. the budget alternative for couples who want a quick and simple ceremony before flying off together. Brides and grooms to be can pick from several packages.com wrote about earlier this week. is hoping to shake up the British and European recruiting markets by creating a platform for hirers to tap into the social networks of active referrers. Paris. cashing in on hard-earned skills and diaper-stained experience. Whether a couple met on a flight to Bangkok or just wants to be able to go straight from ceremony to runway for their honeymoon. according to Zubka. Schiphol gets the TRANSUMER trend that trendwatching. Successfully placing someone in a job with a basic salary of GBP 60.With the number of time-starved.
Stuart Seller. They receive bags for a session all at once." says Camp Trucking's 39-year-old owner. so rewarding people for rooting through their valuable networks makes complete sense. Source: [Iconoculture] Delivering Baggage This week.115 - . Giving coach passengers – tall or short – first-class service that meets needs for comfort. allowing the camp staff to focus on getting kids settled in. Typical is Camp Trucking. Employing an army of college students on summer break. or even their dirty clothes. bags are returned -. based in Denver.Recruiters are always looking for new channels that will help them find the right person for a job. At the end of the session. games. fasten your seat belts and hand your kids over. too. the firm picks up baggage at the homes of campers and delivers it to camp just before a session begins. duffel bags.with some parents even arranging drop-offs at laundries and dry cleaners along the way. More local versions to follow? Source: [Springwise] No Fear Flight Place your bags in an overhead bin. So all parents have to do is sit back. Much of the baggage will be delivered back to their homes by small firms that have made a business of transporting campers' bags to and from the camps. Trained nannies help on the ground with boarding and seat assignment. a few days before the kids arrive. activities and landing procedures. hassle-free experience. Every aspect of Sky Nanny promises parents and kids a comfortable. tennis rackets. It charges a flat rate.without suitcases. "We really are service companies that happen to be trucking companies. relax and enjoy the flight. Gulf Air’s Sky Nanny program is a complimentary service that gives parents and kids a more enjoyable inflight experience. thousands of kids will be returning home from summer camp -. in the air with babysitting. The service is useful to the camps. convenience and experience could potentially inspire a long-term customer loyalty program. rather then keeping track of arriving luggage. The services often deliver the bags directly to a bunkhouse and the bunk assigned each camper. with no restrictions on size or for bulky athletic equipment and duffel bags that sometimes weigh more than 100 pounds. Source: [StartupJournal] . meal service.
thanks to a powerful mix of tech and social developments: everyone is online. globe-spanning immigration means family members literally live everywhere. youtube!). each of which are charged by use. Business is thriving. and start-ups -. delivery services. will have virtual friends in every country with an online connection. shared work spaces and meeting rooms in South Africa and all major business hubs in the rest of Africa. the infrastructure is in place (the web is finally about broadband and video: thank you. Habitaz is developing a network of furnished business centres. Customers need a video camera. The company then charges USD 395 for setting up a live stream of the event. etc. Like webcastmywedding.116 - .a group that's growing explosively in South Africa.net.000 (USD 145 / EUR 115). while jet setting couples have friends in every major city in the world. when they eventually choose to get married.Mobile Office A novel twist added by Habitaz is the pre-paid office card. support for up to 25 simultaneous viewers (who are sent a url and password). laptop. with free parking and 'bottomless Ethiopian coffee' (ZAR 22/hour). and an on-demand archive of the wedding for 10 days. their pre-paid GreenCard allows customers to rent space and facilities by the hour. More streams and an annual archive account can be had for an extra fee. A card costs ZAR 1. phone calls. Perfect solution for travelling business people. which broadcasts weddings to a couple's friends and family unable to come over from (or to) far flung places. Source: [Springwise] . who. and gives holders access to all of the facilities at Habitaz. and high speed online access. admin support and secretarial services (ZAR 19. Source: [Springwise] Webcast My Wedding Springwise loves forward-looking ventures that manage to stick around until their time has truly come. While most of Habitaz' lease plans are per month. virtual offices.74/15 minutes). minute or megabyte. more and more couples choose to get married in exotic locations far from most of their friends and family. Facilities include open plan workspace that's open 24/7. Not to mention Generation MySpace.
Fuel for Travel lets consumers download travel guides. which is managing the project. Members of test groups were especially interested in destination travel guides. hopes that offering digital content will add to a more enjoyable travel experience for passengers. Schiphol. Source: [Springwise] Energy Vending Machine . The Fuel for Travel features listening and viewing stations for travellers to browse digital content. pay by credit or debit card.Travel Entertainment Launched yesterday at Schiphol Airport. music. One to partner with and set up at an airport or train station near you? Just try and get Apple on board. they can dock their device. Once they've found what they want. and download the material. Letting customers create their own in-flight entertainment package makes perfect sense for travel hubs. audio books. tv shows and movies to their MP3 players and other digital devices.117 - . Pricing is similar to that of online music and video downloads.
[The Franchise Magazine] Golf Glamour Proving that every industry can benefit from innovation. every caddy completes a special training program to learn the finer points of golf etiquette. and that's just what we've done. which covers 18 holes and an after-links drink at the club house. Eye Candy Caddies' mission is to make golf sexy. "The market has always been there.In a world that is obsessed with mobile phones. make payment with a coin or via SMS. Caddies can be hired for GBP 150 and travel expenses.118 - . each with 4 unique chargers that can power 90% of our mobile devices. including essential rules such as "Never laugh at a bad shot". whether for wooing clients or informally closing deals. and "Encourage and applaud where necessary. Window cleaning is what we do. lock their box and return when charging is complete. the service is a hit with corporate golf events. In-home refuelling is a cinch." says Terry. which consists of 6 small lockers. he discovered that the traditional domestic window cleaner has all but disappeared. We sell reliability and peace of mind and our customers are very happy to pay our prices for it. Similar to Models At Work. PDAs. "What was required was someone to devise a system that could deliver the service reliably and profitably. Source: [The Cool Hunter] The Window Cleaner When Terry Mullins was searching for someone to clean his windows. but it's not what we sell. Not just eye candy." Appealing to a desire for glamour. prestige and a bit of fun. So. after two years of research and planning he has launched The Local Window Cleaner Ltd." The Local Window Cleaner is committed to supporting franchisees with comprehensive management and staff training. iPods and the like. Source: [Springwise] ." The Local Window Cleaner customers are 'recruited' rather than sold. Considering the continued popularity of golf around the world. Eye Candy only works with models and other very pretty people. using a system that is more of a signing-up process than a form of marketing. we are perpetually draining and recharging our batteries. glamour caddy services should take off in many markets. Users simply plug in to the charger that corresponds to their device. but the same cannot be said for public places where electrical outlets are typically guarded against unauthorized recharging. The ChargeBox offers a solution. and the sport's strong ties with business." explains Terry. Franchisees are empowered to grow their business to a size that matches their own personal ambitions. the temp agency that we wrote about last year. The ChargeBox will top up your battery for 40 minutes at a cost of £1.
daily maid service and “unlimited personal affection. in return for a one-time 1% fee on funded loans from borrowers.5% annual loan servicing fee from lenders. Source: [Springwise] Pets Hotels Ask any canine or kitty: It’s doggone traumatic when owners go away. and a 0. the more likely he is to win the bid. unlimited spring water. requiring pets to be on active external parasite meds before check-in. The lower the interest rate offered by the lender. toys. A standard “personal suite” gives furry family members a TV.119 - .Bid Your Loans "Prosper gives people the opportunity to take back the marketplace for consumer credit. Prosper facilitates. But Mazzu’s Dog and Cat Hotel in Philadelphia aims to ease things with tony boarding options that include dinners of filet mignon or fresh salmon.” with add-ons like a fresh salmon dinner ($22) or filet mignon ($22). Source: [Iconoculture] Sell What You Say . Going for highbrow clients. with a listing of why they need the money. By providing the platform and tools for an efficient marketplace created by and for people. and some numbers describing their credit rating. Other people then bid for the privilege of lending money to them. Mazzu’s rejects any and all “fleabag” hotel jokes. Pets-as-people consciousness says animals get stressed upon a change of scenery and the departure of their clan. Prosper aims to make consumer lending more financially and socially rewarding for everyone." How it works? People who need money request it. Pet owners who blow out of town and leave the critters behind have some serious guilt to assuage – and a compelling desire to keep their loved ones comforted while they’re gone.
more on that below). beautiful flowers now grow on the graves of many a failed dotcom. There's a refrigerator and cabinets to store members' food and beverages. The . Ether takes a flat 15% of fees for its trouble. feedback. they can place the call. For this urban luxury. They call it an “ebay for services”. Once they agree to terms. those were the days! But as predicted. And the fun doesn’t stop there. Orders are placed online or over the phone.The concept of Ether is straightforward.com! Ordering a pint of Ben & Jerry's and a video from your East Village studio in your underwear. The minimum order size is USD 7 (EUR 6/GBP 4). as well as a microwave. see prices. Any service that can be provided over the phone is a perfect match for Ether. After 9 started delivering stuff to demanding Istanbulites in need of urban necessities like condoms. Sellers can also sell any type of digital content through Ether as well. Service providers set up an account by providing some personal information and a phone number that they would like to be called at. Opening hours are 9pm–6am. The buyer is able to access the content only after paying the agreed upon fee. In Istanbul. The writing room has 38 partitioned desks.50). They can tell Ether the hours they are willing to take calls. cigarettes. etc. Sellers only get calls once a Buyer has paid the fee and agreed to the terms. This content can be emailed out to people. and are delivered by motorbike or car in 45 minutes or less. beverages. diapers and sandwiches.120 - . but it has a massive back end infrastructure (thankfully Ingenio already had it built). which forwards to their phone. Buyers can search through providers.500 square foot loft space near Union Square. “Sellers” set their price. Ah. Source: [Springwise] Room for Writers Paragraph ("providing an affordable and tranquil working environment for writers of all genres") occupies a 2. allowing people to charge for advice over the phone (and by email . while the lounge area contains a kitchenette. but the average order is closer to USD 20 (EUR 17/GBP 11. Every seller is issued a toll free phone number (with a dedicated extension). toaster oven and coffee maker. or accessed via a link/badge that can be placed on a website. a large round table and smaller café tables. They cover long distance charges and credit card processing fees out of this 15%. from free to anything (on a per minute or per hour basis). Source: [TechCrunch] Night Delivery Kozmo! Urbanfetch! Food. customers pay a 25-30% premium compared to regular supermarket prices. divided into a writing room and a lounge area.
The environment also gets a gentler treatment. 7 days a week. And it is about more than just money: Banks of the Future present themselves as meeting-places. then choose a pick-up time. Source: [TrendBlog] More than Laundry Slate is an all-inclusive laundry service for NYC residents available through the web. and is open 24 hours a day. Paragraph has signed up 120 members." Source: [Springwise] . wet-cleaning. Monthly access fees range from USD 80 to 132 (EUR 67110/GBP 45-75). hand washing. to regular laundering). Members are assigned a pin code to access the space. receive a Slate hamper. The banks of the Future make banking simple. Free seminars and events make it easy for first-timers to start dealing with their finances and get involved with the money market. Which means no standing in line. Source: [Springwise] More than Banking Banks of the Future create a stylish and user-friendly atmosphere. So far. easy and offer a variety of services which allow the customer to deal with his money independently and flexibly. no counting and itemizing. When your clothes come back. who doesn't care as much for the clothes as you do? We speak the same language: fashion. You bought USD 250 dollar jeans and you are taking them to be cleaned where? To the run-of-the mill cleaner in his dreary shop down the block. On the surface we are a clothes cleaner. open spaces for art. and good as new.121 - . Cleaned clothes come back wrapped. culture and discussion. and determines which garment needs to be cleaned by which process (anything from hydro-carbon. In Slate's own words: "You are dealing with someone who speaks your language. Target group are people of any income level who want to associate their finances with fun rather than with a strict official approach. no financial surprises: Slate does the sorting. Customers sign up for a weekly flat fee of USD 50-60 (GBP 29-35/EUR 42-50). but underneath we are a fashion label. they as new as the day you bought them at Barneys. as the company uses a combination of bio-degradable and organic agents. and don't need to be published authors: a strong drive to write is enough.space has a laser printer and wifi throughout. tagged. 365 days a year.
Conventional shoes that are ideal for some activities are unsuited to others. Inventor and company founder Louis Rosenberg hopes to change all this with reconfigurable footwear. But. connected via narrow tubes. Source: [The Wave Magazine] Smart Soles A Californian company called Outland Research hopes to put high-tech intelligence into sports shoes. The soles of his new shoes have several hollow bladders.122 - . and filled with a deformable and electrically-activated liquid – such as an ester or amide of a phosphorous-based acid. Normally. while some stops are designed for campus employees only. running or playing sport. Source: [New Scientist] . Her team of stylists drive their mobile barber shops onto the campuses of Silicon Valley’s biggest tech firms so employees can get a quick snip-and-trim without leaving the company office park. This is because feet often need different kinds of support. the liquid flows freely through the tubes. letting the bladders self-adjust as the foot rocks from heel to toe and rolls from side to side. a 20-year veteran of the hair biz. you can now eliminate a trip to the hair stylist from your To Do list. the liquid hardens restricting flow and making the bladders firmer. has retrofitted three Winnebagos into full-feature salons on wheels.Mobile Barbers Do you find your weekends being eaten up by errands? Thanks to an ingenious local entrepreneur. Dena Kaufer. Some of OnSite’s stops are open to the public. depending on whether they are walking. when current from a battery or a piezoelectric generator is fed through the tubes.
Bossaball also embraces . Bossaball has become somewhat of a "phenomenon" in Spain with players using all parts of their bodies to pass the ball over a net volleyball style. wakeboarding. lack of restriction and if all safety systems are used it can be a safe and thrilling zero-impact activity for both adrenaline junkie and individuals looking for a fun new thrill ride. capoeira. A friend of ours told us about a sport. anywhere on engineered indoor. Originating somewhere between the rock of Gibraltar and the Port of Antwerp. Ridewire is generating a buzz due to its unique. and gymnastics into one giant pitch that consists of trampolines and inflatable cushions. outdoor and mobile mount systems. snowboarding.Ridewire Thrill Daytona Beach area upstart Slingboard Sports introduces "Ridewire". It is a standalone unit that can be ridden anytime. and other action sports.123 - . innovative design. The Ridewire system is an innovative new ride and training system that is capable of performing the manuevers and thrills found in surfing. Bossaball combines many sports – soccer. Bossaball that seems to be embracing this desire for the birthday party apparatus of yesteryear and combining it with sports. beach volleyball. Source: [Slingboard Sports] Bossaball Phenomenon We have to admit that our adolescent desire for the inflatable "Moon Walk" has never really left us.
elbows and knees. a "study center" with PCs.thankfully. Harry Potter and Yu-Gi-Oh! trading cards still aren’t welcome in some Christian homes. Source: [Iconoculture] . Instead of mashing buttons. replete with 240 cards bearing biblical figures. California (home of Google!) which aims to appeal to the children of Silicon Valley reared on a steady diet of gadgets. locations and verses that kids memorize to score points. Source: [Engadget] Bodypad Fighting The Bodypad fighting simulator turns Xboxers' and PlayStation playas' bodies into gaming pads.124 - . we're sure that everyone will be strong. Source: [Iconoculture] Bible Trading Card Game Despite widespread acceptance. Kids and parents already have taken a liking to the card game: The first printing sold out. The Bible Trading Card Game offers an alternative. The edutainment game tutors kids in the scriptures and faith (play begins with prayer) and encourages Sunday school attendance: That’s where rarer cards are distributed. a DDR-clone called "In The Groove 2" and the Cybex Trazer. including dance and sports games. Keeping kids at play in accordance with faith principles can prevent tykes from coming under the spell of bad influences. faith-filled parents aim to protect their offspring from corrupting forces. given that 16 percent of American children aged 12-19 are overweight according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Macs and free WiFi (for the Linux laptop-toting set?). there have to be ways to get kids into more healthful habits. The 'pad doesn't require special software and works with many existing games. then flail their way to gaming glory. Gamers with get-up-and-go don the goofy apparatus. But today. punch and choke at nothing in efforts to defeat their virtual opponents. Like secular parents. As we all know. everyone's supposed to be exercising regularly in order to stay well and fit -. Bodypad's system of straps wraps around gamers' fists. Overtime Fitness. players then kick. good-looking and above-average.the crowd with the referees entertaining fans and bands playing live percussion combined with whistles and a DJ. kids have a new type of fitness center in Mountain View. and a tournament is under way. which opens tomorrow (and restricts membership to kids 13-18) includes a regular workout equipment area. a virtual realitytype game that maps physical movements to the on-screen action. Source: [Josh Spear] Game Fitness One day in the future.
Source: [Entrepreneur] The Assassin For an attempted assassination. he wondered what golfers did on rainy days. Armed with his idea and some crude blueprints he had drawn.'' said would-be assassin Nicole Califano. Beasley left prison three years later. where many people have even odder ideas about pastimes than they do here. Entering the game costs $35. Beasley hit the road. "Think you've got what it takes to be an assassin?'' says the game's Web site.TableFlip Entrepreneur: Beasley is the creator of table golf. As he watched a golf tournament get rained out on TV. The idea is to squirt your assigned victim before you get squirted by the player who has been assigned to squirt you. Beasley were his game caught the eye of a representative from The Price Is Right. and its creator bills it as a "water gun assassination tournament. British Columbia. It's called Street Wars. Whoever gets squirted is out of the game. there sure was a lot of giggling going on. waiting to ambush and squirt total strangers. which was not helping to steady her trigger finger any. After inviting a few of the neighborhood kids to test out his new game. Source: [SFGate. showing his creation to local pool halls and sporting goods stores.125 - . a new game that combines golf and billiards into one. "I'm going to feel pretty good about shooting someone. Califano is one of 130 contestants armed with water pistols who are stalking each other this month throughout San Francisco.com] . if I don't die first. and the last person left dry gets $500. Eagle Industries Ltd. Beasley dreamed up the game in 1999 while serving a sentence. who was drinking a beer.'' It was a big hit last year in New York and Vancouver. as well as his current manufacturer. Beasley expects 2006 sales of more than $5 million. in November 2002.
126 - . kiosk giving has gradually gained acceptance among his upper-middle-class flock. he introduced the first machine at his church. In early 2005. He had just kicked off a $3-million building drive. all the data goes from the sensors Bluetooth to your mobile phone and your mobile phone delivers the hug data to your friend’s phone and it is seamlessly transmitted Bluetooth to his or her shirt! Source: [Uber-Review] ATMs for Church Baker came up with the kiosk idea a couple of years ago.Hug Shirt The Hug Shirt is perfect for people in love that are distant from each other. The three kiosks are expected to . It was nominated as one of the best inventions of this year by the Times Magazine so that is probably a good thing. Since then. The shirt works with Bluetooth + a Hug Me java software + a cellphone and in order for the other person to receive the hug. it basically offers the possibility to recreate a hug feeling and not on a virtual kind of way. So he began studying the electronic payment business. or not… Hug shirts don’t have any assigned phone number. but noticed that few people seemed to keep cash in their wallet anymore for the collection bag. He designed his machine with the help of a computer programmer who attends Stevens Creek. and found ATM companies willing to assemble it for him. he/she must be wearing a shirt as well.
take in between $200,000 and $240,000 this year — about 15% of the church's total donations. "It's truly like an ATM for Jesus," Baker said. This summer, Baker and his wife, Patty, began selling the devices to other churches through their for-profit company, SecureGive. They are its only employees, but a handful of contractors help them custom-tailor the machines for churches. The kiosks can let donors identify their gift as a regular tithe or offering, or direct it to building or missionary funds. The machines send information about the donation to a central church computer system, which shoots the donors an e-mail confirmation. The Bakers charge between $2,000 and $5,000 for the kiosks, which come in a variety of configurations. They also collect a monthly subscription fee of up to $49.95 for licensing and support. And a card-processing company gets 1.9% of each transaction; a small cut of that fee goes to SecureGive. Source: [LATimes.com]
Bytes, a new cafe in the UK town of Canterbury (of Chaucer fame), is making a name for itself with its high-tech ordering system. Aside from helping Bytes save money on wait staff and menu printing, the touchscreens allow the restaurant to build a database of customer preferences, and to change items and prices on the fly. The touchscreens also double as game consoles, keeping the kids occupied. So far, patron response to the touchscreens is overwhelmingly positive, and the owner is already considering opening a second location. As long as customers respond just as enthusiastically to the food, Bytes appears to have a bright future. Source: [FutureWire]
Fuel Cell Toys
At last – energy independence for toys. Horizon Fuel Cell Technologies' fuel cell toys are small-scale vehicles powered by the energy source of the future. Its H-racer miniature fuel cell car features an onboard hydrogen fuel cell system. Fill 'er up at the miniature hydrogen refueling station. Sure it's educational – but more important, it's cool! Toys that offer a taste of tech to come appeal to kids and tech-loving grownups (or their "children within"). With all the press that fuel cell tech has gotten, curiosity over hydrogen-powered engines is high. Toys with the tech offer an affordable way to check it out. Source: [Iconoculture]
Replay That Smell
Imagine being able to record a smell and play it back later, just as you can with sounds or images.
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Engineers at the Tokyo Institute of Technology in Japan are building an odour recorder capable of doing just that. Simply point the gadget at a freshly baked cookie, for example, and it will analyse its odour and reproduce it for you using a host of non-toxic chemicals. The device could be used to improve online shopping by allowing you to sniff foods or fragrances before you buy, to add an extra dimension to virtual reality environments and even to assist military doctors treating soldiers remotely by recreating bile, blood or urine odours that might help a diagnosis. Source: [New Scientist]
Read Without Flipping
If you drop by a show house for an apartment in Korea, you will see that you can read a book without turning pages using RFID technology. If you have a book, desk, and a display equipped with RFID chips, now you can read the whole contents through a large display just by putting the book on the desk ; antenna reads the chip information and delivers them to the display. Of course, you can actually use your hands - if you want - for a touch screen or a remote control. Absolutely royalist is'nt it!! Source: [AVING]
How to Play Cassette Tapes on your PC
Okay, class, in today’s history lesson, we’ll be learning about primitive forms of technology. You see, before MP3 players or iPods, and even before CDs, back in the ’80s and ’90s, people listened to music on devices called cassette tapes. And thanks to the Plusdeck 2, a cassette deck for computers, we can bring it back to life. All we do is slide the internal drive into the CD drive bay, pop in this plastic rectangle known as the
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cassette, and we can listen to the tape (that’s street for cassette) through our computer. Any questions? Source: [DailyCandy]
Easy Page Scanning
Atiz Innovation: What if you could digitize any book you want with just the push of a button and without having to go through the tedious process of turning the pages manually? BookDrive® -- the world’ s first and only desktop-sized, automatic page-turning scanner featuring a patent-pending technology that eliminates manually copying and scanning documents. It is just like any traditional flatbed scanners that you are familiar with, but BookDrive is unique in that it has an automatic page-turning mechanism inside. Simply entering the number of pages you want to scan, BookDrive then automatically outputs the entire content of the scanned book in a digital format without requiring constant supervision and interference. Unlike traditional flatbed scanners, BookDrive enables businesses to digitize content with an automatic page-turning mechanism. BookDrive includes an integrated, easy-to-use software function that performs essential tasks such as auto cropping and image clean-up. Outside is a simple interface. Under the hood it embodies advanced software algorithms to automatically detect edge and crop the results so that what you have resembles the actual scanned page. Source: [Atiz Innovation's BookDrive]
Digital Wine Cellar
These days, more and more people are enjoying the habit of drinking wine because they find this habit healthy. In the future, life will be rich so that common people will enjoy wine. Since how one keeps wine determines the taste and the smell, preserving wine will become more important. Coming from this point of view, we designed a digital wine cellar which keeps wine and also act as a decoration in the house. Function-wise, this machine adjusts temperature according to different kinds of wine, indicates quantity of wine bottles, and controls air circulating up, down and sideways within the wine cellar. Also, interior lighting function is added, so that this conceptual preservation machine can not only keep wine fresh but also act as a decoration. Source: [Yanko Design]
Aged Wines in Few Seconds
Aging is the name of the game when it comes to fine wine. Top producers mature their brews in oak barrels; connoisseurs will keep a bottle in the cellar for years so they can savor the complex bouquet at its peak. For Hiroshi Tanaka, all that waiting is just a waste of time -- and he says he's got the machinery to prove it.
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"Think of the savings we'll make. So far. Shorter production time.S. most applications are used to tour museums. BW2 Holdings. Source: [CScout] . The most obvious applications are audio tour guides. recorded to CD or downloadable to cell phones."We can now electrolyze young wine and ship bottles of fine wine out in no time at all. no need for storage. Source: [Mainichi] Seeing The World By connecting the real world with information from the Internet. with young wine to treat and sell. tourist sights or foreign cities. iPods and PDA’s. west of Tokyo. no need to invest in barrels. The company is in talks with wineries in California and Washington state to start providing its U. There is a huge variety of technologies which can be used to enable visitors to find their way around the globe." he said. BW2 hopes to sell the bottles on the Internet later this year for an affordable US$5." declared Tanaka. users can explore geographical spaces with the eye of an insider.130 - .. affiliate. Tanaka said. New online tools enable users to tag certain locations with special barcodes which let interested visitors retrieve the hidden information with their cellphones. president of Japanese startup Innovative Design and Technology Inc. which runs a small laboratory in Hamamatsu.
this was not through a lack of trying!) Whether it's Prague. Having travelled to almost a hundred cities in over 40 countries. In the words of the founders: "We founded tosh in 2004. we said! It's about time someone created some stylish and affordable mementos of all the places we've been. we hasten to add. The same "hand made" ornaments (in China that is!) The same tiresome t-shirts. Perth or Penang. Nothing original.The same faded postcards. it seems that in the age of mass tourism. nothing quirky.Tosh Souvenirs Tosh is about the souvenirs you always wished you could find. we've always found it near impossible to find anything original.131 - . (And. So we did!" Source: [tosh] Mystery Threatre . stylish or affordable worth buying. Enough. everything has started to look the same.
Accomplice: New York is giving participants a whole new way to experience the city. Source: [TrendCentral] Youth Vacations In addition to jewelry and electronics. part scavenger hunt. Contiki is a hip vacation company that gives participants the opportunity to travel the world. but rather an experience. (Think of it as the new version of the popular ‘80s Murder Mystery Party. while exploring at their own pace. Targeting 18-35 year-olds. . part walking tour. Ann Noon offers a guide. picking up clues along the way from “random” encounters with Accomplice cast members. Prepaid trips from Contiki were the most desired gifts amongst the recently graduated Class of 2006. even among locals who previously thought tours are just for out-of-towners. telling them where to meet.132 - . travellers are “free” to check things out on their own without a guide breathing down their necks. recent high school grads have been telling us the most sought after graduation gift isn’t actually a material possession.) Teams of eight then embark on a crime-solving Lower Manhattan-based adventure.The latest hot show in New York isn’t in the Theatre District. In fact. Part theatre. Guides lead travellers to all the best sights but unlike most tightly-scheduled tour programs. After signing up. audiences are more like “participants” as they’re on their feet for the duration of the performance. or even in any theatre for that matter. participants receive a “mystery” phone call a day or two prior to the show. Source: [TrendCentral] Quirky Nights Under French Skies You can stay in France in anything from a Yurt to an Airstream caravan.
Source: [Springwise] . Teepees: In the western Loire stands Le Bonheur de Vivre. each tent is furnished with a double or king-sized bed and has a relaxation area complete with hammocks. a Sioux Indian village with six "authentic" wigwams decked out in skins and pictures of chieftains of yore.Yurts: Squatting at the top of the Ardèche river gorge. Taking something slightly dull – a camper – and turning it into something fresh. With cherry trees. three of the yurts are hidden deep in the woods with their own miniature camp kitchen and ecological toilet. the Mille Etoiles encampment is home to 12 individually-designed yurts scattered throughout a peaceful oak forest. from kiwiana to Far Side comics and Maurice Sendak to Pablo Picasso. are designed for maximum comfort. Gipsy caravans: Four fully equipped gipsy caravans with en-suite bathrooms are the main reason to stay on the Saint Cerice estate in the pretty village of Vogüé. Rental rates are competitive. with optional extras like mobile phones and solar showers charged separately. Escape Rentals is attracting travellers who are tired of mass tourism and looking for a more unique experience. overlooking some of the most rugged scenery in France. The caravans. Each of their nearly 100 campers is given an aerosol overhaul by a New Zealand artist. olive groves and vineyards all around. the surrounding parkland feels very Mediterranean. also in the Ardèche. Paint jobs draw from the whole spectrum of visual art and pop culture. Handcrafted from different woods. Escape Rentals is a New Zealand camper rental company that sets itself apart by letting artists turn camper vans into art on wheels. at around NZD 59 (USD 37/EUR 29) per day. Source: [Telegraph UK] Funky Campers In keeping with today's mobile theme. For honeymooners.133 - . which each sleep five.
type of infrastructure that will be required. Angelo and the magnificent St. You find yourself in Rome . One of the routes claims to take you in 90 minutes and 5 miles down the Spanish Steps. and how to build an island community in an environmentally friendly way.Peter’s Basilica. and is being leased to tribewanted by the local tribal chief. The clients are met at the hotel or at predefined locations and during the route the trainer gives cultural information about the highlights of the route itself in the language chosen by the clients. Well . on issues such as the name of the tribe. says the Sightjogging website.just have a couple of hours at your disposal . Source: [Italy Magazine] . In short. The trip is handled by multilingual trainers jogging tourists along predefined routes. Hunters are members for 2 years and can stay for 14 nights (GBP 240 / USD 420). There are three types of membership to choose from: Nomads get 1 years membership and 7 nights on the island for GBP 120 / USD 210. Source: [Springwise] Sightjogging We are sure this happens to everyone all the time. tribewanted is creating a global tribe that will develop a sustainable eco-community on an island in Fiji. but will also settle. the tribe will be formed and will start to make tribal decisions by voting through the online community at tribewanted. Adventure Island is known as Vorovoro. through the city’s very heart and across the Tiber River. tribewanted is looking for 5000 people from around the world to become part of a tribe that will not only exist online. on 'Adventure Island'. 100 at a time. On the map. the latest trend for the fitness-conscious visitors of Rome is a guided tour of Rome whilst jogging. which I am sure will have traditionalists jumping up and down with rage.com. you get to Castel S.and are not sure whether to spend them in the gym working out or sightseeing. Another route takes you in 60 minutes through 2000 years of history round the Imperial Forums and the Colosseum. In what seems like a hippie dream crossed with an episode of Survivor.you don’t have to make that choice anymore! The ever resourceful Romans have come up with a whole new take on sightseeing in Rome.”. and Warriors are member for 3 years and can stay for 21 nights (GBP 360 / USD 630).Join the Tribe Launched last week by two young British entrepreneurs. not to be missed on your first visit to Rome. When the 5000th member joins.134 - . “An absolutely striking route.
The angle ensures that your head always stays forward.In Need of SkyRest Modern aviation is nothing to laugh at. Although crying about it is quite acceptable. pull out the SkyRest. Because it easily inflates and deflates. and the stewardess’s tortured life story. wedge-shaped travel pillow makes even the most uncomfortable spots downright pleasant. a seat that doesn’t recline. Or use it as an impromptu table. Just set it in your lap and snooze. you’ll always be able to give things a rest. the window. the headrest. or back support during long layovers. and your neighbor’s shoulder. Especially when you discover that your $600 ticket entitles you to an extra pack of peanuts. The miraculous. Source: [DailyCandy] Cabs for Pink Ladies . foot prop. No more back and forth between the tray.135 - . Before the situation goes from bad to worse (her teen years were soooo tragic).
Virgin Galactic will own and operate privately built spaceships. paid by credit card or with a 'pink account'. you'll need to fill out a short form that includes your bio as well as preferences on topics such as hotels (Holiday Inn or Four Seasons?) and clothes (Prada or Levi's?). based on a new offering from Virgin Atlantic airways and its space-related sister company Virgin Galactic. enter your flight data to see who is signed up on the site for the same flight. "I have quite a number of truck owners contacting me and asking if I knew of anyone who had recently passed the artic. aims to match like-minded fliers for business networking. Source: [SPACE. said. Once you have a ticket. and fares are either pre-paid. and created the UK's first women-only private car hire franchise. romance -whatever it is you want from a seatmate. members will need to log 2 million miles down here. "We expect the first Virgin Galactic space flight to take place in 2008 which gives our Flying Club members time to save up all their miles. which is both convenient for members and safe for drivers. To get to space. a new Web site. Flying Club members will be able to convert their regular miles into space miles." said Sir Richard Branson. The Pink Ladies drive Renault Kangoos that are pink inside and out. Tiernan Gill. Source: [Springwise] Astronaut Miles Frequent flyer miles will for the first time be good beyond this planet. chairman of Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Galactic. Then you'll need to ask the airline to put you in adjoining seats. 10 women are attacked each month after getting into an unlicensed mini-cab. AirTroductions. licence and who was looking for a job.In London alone. No wonder that many women feel safer taking a taxi driven by a woman. Pink Ladies spotted a business opportunity.com] Social Networking in the Sky Airline flights are one of the few situations where you find yourself wedged against a total stranger for hours at a time. You'll pay $5 if you contact anyone. Source: [BusinessWeek] Truck Drivers Agency A Ballina man who is already one of the most successful businessmen in the West of Ireland is embarking on a new venture to match potential employers with qualified drivers who are available for work. To get started." Virgin Galactic commercial flights are expected to cost $200. book discussions.000 initially but the company expect prices to fall over time. With that in mind. making them highly visible." .136 - . It might as well be someone you like. which won the Ansari X-prize for repeat trips to space by a privately built craft. Passengers sign up as members.com. "A journey into space seems like a distant dream for many but this deal makes it more even more achievable for our frequent travelers to become astronauts. modeled on the history-making SpaceShipOne craft. who established Gills Driving School thirty-five years ago.
The system will then aggregate other passengers wanting to go to the same area and confirm details of the taxi driver’s name and badge number to the passengers. Source: [NetImperative] Pogo Airline-Taxi Service It's time for a revolution in business travel. Passengers will be directed to pre-determined ‘muster points’ to meet up with their driver who will have received a text confirming each passenger’s booking reference. Having fewer airlines will exacerbate the already lousy service that makes so many people hate to fly these days--the long waits. at UCLA. Source: [Western People] Parking Space Reservations and convenience services widen the range of possibilities for those who use pedal power. and at select stations of San Francisco’s BART and Los Angeles’ Metropolitan Transit Authority systems. For example. which is the first of its kind in Connacht. plus a 10% "convenience fee. for the employee it opens up a wide range of opportunities for jobs all over Connacht and for the employer it represents time and costs saved in interviewing and advertising. Users locate available lockers online and then use their cells to reserve space and retrieve access codes for drop-off and pickup. As bicycling continues to roll as a viable commuting alternative. Tiernan Gill says what he intends to do is to interview drivers who are looking for jobs and then to rate them .He added that qualified drivers were very hard got at present and potential employers often had to go through a lengthy process of advertising and interviewing on a number of occasions before they got the right person. The ‘Texxi’ service allows users to text their house address and postcode to the Texxi SMS number. enabling automatic monthly billing." The service is available in Denver. the delays.on a number of factors including driving ability and personality. The commercial airline business is going through another round of bankruptcies. the cancelations. Bikers dial up for quick and easy ways to protect their bicycle investment.one to ten . He said the agency. Lockers cost $2 per day.137 - . Customer accounts are linked to cell numbers. the lost . and then share the journey with other passengers going to the same area. Why fight the crowd at the bike rack? Clancy Systems International's Bicycle Parking Network allows bikers to use their cellphones to reserve and pay for bike storage. services and amenities that cater to bikers' special needs – like parking stations with showers and changing rooms and valet bike parking – are going to become more important. route shakeouts and confrontations with unions. presents a lot of advantages for both the employee and the employer. Source: [Iconoculture] SMS A Texxi Technology firm Crane Dragon has begun testing a new taxi service in Liverpool that encourages travellers to text a taxi request via their mobiles.
63.400 smaller airports. You might say I want to go at 4 p.." Source: [Forbes] .." says Burr. through which 90% of travelers pass. "There're no ticket counters. Crandall and Burr are calling their air taxi service Pogo--after the stick that bounces.m. Since 2000. ‘Yeah. These airports are free of the aggravating congestion of the 50 largest domestic hubs. situated within a half hour's drive of 93% of Americans. using Web-based software to route small aircraft as needed. 68. there's been a 21% drop in passenger volume for flights of 500 miles or less. "If you're in Syracuse and want to go to Portland. Short flights aren't worth the hassle anymore. "You drive up to the airport minutes before your flight. "The planes will go wherever the customers go. The jets will fly point-to-point among the nation's largely underused 5.bags. no terminals and no baggage handlers. not Walt Kelly's cartoon possum. we can't go at 4. and we'll say.138 - . we will probably be over in Rochester and have to fly over and get you. who still chain-smokes his cigarettes down to the filter.'" Pogo will begin service next year with a new class of six-seat minijets flying from North Carolina to Maine. Me. $8 million in capital and a small fleet of new-generation lightweight jets on order. At this point it's little more than a grand plan. the pilot loads your bag and away you go. The idea is to introduce air travel on demand. but we can pick up at 4:30." says Crandall. reports the Air Transport Association of America.
or go with them. "They used to cook with their mother or grandma. cheap faux couture clothing. plus a plethora of new cookbooks for the young chef who aspires to be the next Rachael Ray or Bobby Flay.'' says Stephen Hengst. a new sexual classification emerged on the scene.com] Smoothies War . Source: [HeraldNewsOnline." jetrosexuals revel in fashion and travel. Indeed." O'Connor says. says Mark O'Connor. but life is so hectic they don't have time to do the same for their kids. message boards. jetrosexuals are known for having their passport ready to go at a moment's notice." I think it's even funnier that it stuck around." So they send them. this city is now known as a tailoring hub. spokesman for the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park. And it's not just the jetrosexuals who are evolving -. the latest trend in extracurricular activities for children ages 4 to 16 is cooking class. Applied to individuals who travel worldwide in search of fashion bargains. kids flock to see celebrities like Ray and superstar chef Emeril Lagasse. Apparently. Most commonly found travelling from the US to Asia in search of a bargain." Also known as "flash-packers. to cooking class.Y. Although still conjested and plagued with poverty. says Hengst. a spokesman for the Food Network. metrosexuals weren't just a passing fad --people now comfortably identify themselves as such. and an eye for stylish. As funny as I thought it was when I first heard the term "metrosexual. the new trend is being fueled by two things: Ridiculous airline discounts that chop $1000 fares to Asia to less than $50 from gateway cities.the money spent on textiles and fashion in Vietnam has brought about dramatic change in the economic and cultural landscape of Hoi An. kids even make up a large part of the audiences for cooking shows. And not just any cooking class. getting kids in the kitchen for something other than meals is about capturing a bit of nostalgia. mail questions and telephone calls. Source: [Fast Company] Eatertainment for Kids Forget swimming lessons and soccer. and the booming Asian textile industry. Now it appears there is a new name for members of the fashion-forward jetsetting set.139 - . For the parents of budding chefs. "Part of what we are seeing is a trend in 'eatertainment' with all the cooking shows. cooking birthday parties. Oh no. noting that at book-signings and public events. N. "Based on our Web site traffic. private cooking lessons. "Jetrosexuals. It all started years ago when European and American designers began outsourcing the production of their fabrics to Asia.Rise of the Jetrosexuals A few years ago. we know that there are a major amount of kids watching from as young as 5 up to 15 years old. jetrosexuals are known to carry little more with them than an iPod and the latest issue of Vogue. There are culinary summer camps.
I. is moving to video-on-demand (V. London's Crussh. U.S. NPD said that sales of learning and exploration toys rose in 2005. That followed a decline of 3 percent in 2004. as video games. is the UK's biggest smoothie chain. according to NPD. One day this January I sat in a Greenwich Village workroom with Bob Luff. and whether we're paying attention while we're watching and even whether we're actually noticing the advertisements among the shows we may or may not be watching -.6 percent to $21. For the past decade or so. which opened its 15th branch just off Oxford Street in October. fast-food burger joints flooded UK town centres. But perhaps most alarming to the toy business is slumping sales. True. This setup may not last much longer. TV is going on cellphones. toy manufacturers are lowering the age ranges for their high-tech and educational offerings at this year's Toy Fair.3 billion in 2005. Source: [BBC] Toddler Tech From industry giants Mattel and Hasbro to smaller players LeapFrog and VTech. betting that "toddler tech'' will help reverse several years of slumping sales. a wave of new consumer products has made it increasingly difficult to satisfy them.S. it seems. this is where things get tricky. Luff seemed to view the modern American home as a digital zoo where the lion is about to lie down with the lamb: radio is going on the Web. now eight years old. Notably. we know that as spring gets under way.140 - . The UK smoothie market is worth £100m and doubling yearly. new episodes of ''Desperate Housewives'' and ''C. cell phones and MP3 players compete for kids' attention and parents' dollars. Source: [MercuryNews. watching television in America has been defined by the families recruited by Nielsen Media Research who have agreed to have an electronic meter attached to their televisions or to record in a diary what shows they watch. But when it comes to figuring out how many of us are watching these shows.) and (quite possibly) the .In the 80s.O. the Web is going on TV and everything.com] TV Advertising Trends One of the great contradictions of modern American life is that almost everyone watches television while almost no one agrees anymore about what it really means to watch television. adding 6 percent to $400 million.well. Warnings about obesity and increased awareness of the importance of eating five fruit a day have fuelled a surge in healthy eating. The firm. the tense weeks when rival stations pursue a fierce oneupmanship of flamboyance and hype and the Nielsen-measured audience sizes determine future advertising rates. the chief technology officer at Nielsen. Just as programmers and advertisers are clamoring for a better understanding of the television audience. creating whole new categories of educational toys and expanding the use of sophisticated electronics in products for kids as young as newborns. The toy industry has responded by embracing technology.D. adding interactivity. But now that the noughties are well established. as he pulled out gadget after gadget to show me what he's up against. We also know that local broadcast stations around the country will begin scheming -.'' and ''American Idol'' will battle for prime-time supremacy in the overnight Nielsen ratings. By the 90s. the new fast food fight is on a rather healthier battlefield. expects to turn over more than £5m this year. coffee shops took their place on every street corner.to win the May sweeps.just as they do every April -. retail sales for the toy industry as a whole fell 3.
The resin appliance. The teeth also are more proof of dentistry's changing focus. GrooveJob. ''Television and media. and The Kelsey Group. that means job-hunting season will soon be under way. If current trends continue. it's still March. For a high school or college student. depending on the site. "It's not just for health.gov. But what if you're looking for seasonal or part-time employment -.com.is there a more appropriate place to hit up than traditional job sites? Some websites cater to just those needs. Source: [NewsTarget] Celebrity Smiles Emulating A-listers such as Gwyneth Paltrow or Halle Berry is a snap: The latest celebritychanneling accessory is a set of prosthetic choppers modeled after Hollywood's most Chiclet smiles. goes for $1.org and student-run newcomer JobSherpa. They might also lead students to jobs with nontraditional hours for those with college schedules to accommodate.'' Luff said over the noise of five sets tuned to five different channels." says Jeff Golub-Evans. Source: [Wired News] . but summer's fast approaching. Plenty of places on the internet are geared toward helping would-be employees find a job. Only with this device. Some also offer extras like résumé-building help or tips for getting through an interview. a Manhattan cosmetic dentist.iPod and the PlayStation Portable.000 to $3.000. which fits snugly over existing teeth. with or without registering. Think of the snap-on smile as the white-enameled cousin to the press-on nail. Even the federal government has jumped into the act with its site. the Internet will become more popular for local business searches than newspapers in the next year. ''will change more in the next 3 or 5 years than it's changed in the past 50. with 73 percent using the local newspaper." Source: [Shreveport Times] Student Job Sites Hit or Miss Sure. entry-level positions. Those running the sites say they're more useful to students and those in their teens to early 20s than general job sites are because they list high-turnover. 70 percent of American households now find local businesses using the Internet.'' Source: [The New York Times] Local Shopping on the Internet According to a study conducted by market researchers Constat Inc. The sites generally operate by charging employers a fee to advertise open positions.141 - . Teens4Hire. attaining Julia Roberts' million-dollar grin doesn't set someone back nearly that much.com purport to help students find jobs and refine their employment-seeking skills. Think of it as yet more evidence of a public firmly sinking its incisors into celebrity culture. "More and more patients go to dentists to look better rather than to feel better. A poll conducted in October 2003 found the figure to be 60 percent. Students can search open postings for free. Studentjobs.
And as far as friendship. with its own private number. Nabaztag can marry another rabbit . Motorola is a Fortune 100 global communications company.142 - . report the weather or stock market. This bunny likes to nibble on WiFi [ThinkGeek] PetsMobility PetCell The PetsMobility PetCell is only a concept for now. read your e-mail. play music. We'd say that's pretty smart . as long as you can put up with his moods! Okay. sounds and lights. Nabaztag can move his ears. today announced a joint venture to introduce new Bluetooth(TM)enabled wearable wireless communications devices for innovative hands-free operation of electronic devices. talk and whistle. so Nabaztag is smart and has personality . you'll even be able to yell at them when they've wandered too far from home. but it looks like something that could be surprisingly fun and useful for people who will spend any amount of money on their pooch. but the patent-pending collar could be great—if you don't mind spending a lot of extra cash on your pets. . technology and innovation — to fuse Motorola's latest Bluetooth technology with Oakley's advanced eyewear concepts. Nabaztag can let you know when you have a new email. Sometimes he will even have his own random things to say. Source: [Gizmodo] Wearable Wireless Motorola.that's right . Details and designs are set to be unveiled by mid-2005. it automatically picks up when an approved number calls. Inc. And with the GPS service enabled.but he's also got personality. and his body can show off hundreds of colors and special patterns of light. allowing you to speak to your dog or cat (but probably dog) from wherever you are. Motorola is collaborating with Oakley — a leader in eyewear design. The idea is simple: it's a cell phone and GPS unit on a collar. Move your Nabaztag's ears and its spouse's will too. read you today's headlines or give you his opinion of the previous week. Using caller ID. Inc. But be careful because he is uncompromising . and Oakley.but what about interpersonal skills? Can he relate well to you and other rabbits? Well. pull RSS feeds and tell you the time.if he thinks that he didn't receive enough messages he might be unhappy.Smart WiFi Bunny So you are probably wondering if a rabbit can really be "smart"? Well this bunny can teach you tai chi.copying the other rabbit's movements. No word on an actual shipping product yet (their first announcement at all was in September).
Moreover. "Oakley's engineering team now has an expanded technology arsenal to develop new and innovative electronic products.) This technology seems to have many useful applications -."By teaming with Motorola. Instead. they claim that their system could tell if a person wanted to use an elevator or was just waking near an elevator (without any intention to use an elevator." Source: [wirelessIQ. The company wants to commercialize the technology in 5 years. Also. With their technology.info] Smart Elevators Mitsubishi Electric Corporation developed a technology that combines RFID tags and cameras for controlling elevators. employees could move back to their "home floors" without selecting a floor number everytime. Some technical challenges still remain.143 - . in an office building. Vice President of Business Development. tags can be used to prevent unauthorized persons from getting on an elevator. elevators don't make people wait for them. Source: [Nikkei Sangyo Shimbun] .Handicapped people and the elderly may be able to get on an elevator without the trouble of pushing buttons. By combining RFID and image processing. they wait for people." said Cos Lykos. we're dramatically expanding the possibilities for our new electronics category.
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